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Ogle, Sir Charles, second baronetlocked

(1775–1858)
  • J. K. Laughton
  • , revised by Andrew Lambert

Ogle, Sir Charles, second baronet (1775–1858), naval officer, was born on 24 May 1775 at Worthy Park House, Martyr's Worthy, Hampshire. He was the eldest son of Admiral Sir Chaloner Ogle, first baronet (1727–1816), and his wife, Hester, daughter of John Thomas, bishop of Winchester, and was the great-nephew of Sir Chaloner Ogle. He attended Hyde Abbey School, Winchester, and entered the navy in 1787 on board the Adventure, with Captain John Nicholson Inglefield. After uneventful service in different ships on the coast of Africa and home stations, he was made lieutenant on the Woolwich, in the West Indies, on 15 November 1793. In January 1794 he was moved into the Boyne, flagship of Sir John Jervis (later first earl of St Vincent), and in May he was appointed acting captain of the Assurance. On 21 May 1794 he was confirmed as commander of the sloop Avenger, from which he was moved to the Petrel, and on 11 January 1796, in the Mediterranean, was posted by Jervis to the Minerve. During the following years, despite St Vincent's concern at his lack of steadiness, he commanded the frigates Meleager, Greyhound, and Égyptienne, for the most part in the Mediterranean, coming home in early 1802. On 22 April he married Charlotte Margaret (d. 1814), daughter of General Sir Thomas Gage, brother of Admiral Sir William Gage; they had two daughters and a son, Chaloner, who succeeded to the baronetcy.

In 1805 Ogle commanded the frigate Unité, and in 1806 was appointed to the yacht Princess Augusta, which he commanded until August 1815, when he took command of the Ramillies in the channel. In November 1815 he commanded the Malta at Plymouth, and in 1816 the Rivoli at Portsmouth. On the death of his father, on 27 August 1816, he succeeded to the baronetcy, and a considerable fortune. This financial security may well explain his limited post-war service. He was promoted rear-admiral on 12 August 1819. On 4 September 1820 he married Letitia (d. 1832), daughter of Sir William Burroughs, bt; they had one son, William, who succeeded as fifth baronet. From 1827 to 1830 Ogle was commander-in-chief in North America, and he became vice-admiral on 22 July 1830. He married, on 10 April 1834, Mary Anne Dalton (d. February 1842), daughter of George Cary of Tor Abbey, Devon, already twice a widow. They had no children. He became admiral on 23 November 1841, and was commander-in-chief at Portsmouth from 1845 to 1848. He was promoted admiral of the fleet on 8 December 1857. He died at Tunbridge Wells on 16 June 1858 and was buried at Ponteland church, Northumberland.

Ogle's two commands were well handled and successful; he was a man of some ability and, through his brother-in-law Gage, close to the tory party. He was a solid professional sea officer who made a significant contribution to naval charities, both in financial support and administrative effort.

Sources

  • P. Moore, Sir Charles Ogle: a worthy admiral (1988)

Archives

  • NMM, corresp. and papers; letter-book
  • BL, letters to Sir Charles Napier, Add. MSS 40042–40043

Likenesses

  • bronze medallion, NPG
  • portrait, repro. in Moore, Sir Charles Ogle

Wealth at Death

under £120,000: probate, 5 Oct 1858, CGPLA Eng. & Wales

W. R. O'Byrne, (1849); repr. (1990); [2nd edn], 2 vols. (1861)
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