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Sir Chaloner Ogle
Admiral of the Fleet

Gifford Lodge (on the left) on Twickenham Common in 1753

A distinguished naval career

Promoted to be Admiral of the White in 1747 towards the end of a long and distinguished naval career, Chaloner Ogle came to live at Gifford Lodge, facing Twickenham Green.

In 1749 he was promoted Admiral of the Fleet and Commander-in-Chief. He died in London and was buried at St Mary's, Twickenham on 20 April 1750.

His widow Isabella retained Gifford Lodge. She married again, in 1751, James King (1693-1761) the 4th Baron Kingston and they both died ten years later within 17 days of each other, she at Mitchelstown in Ireland and he at his residence Martyr Worthy in Hampshire. Both were buried at Mitchelstown and the peerage became extinct.

Sir Chaloner Ogle's monument on the north wall of the gallery of St Mary's Church

A large memorial on the north wall of the gallery of St Mary's Church commemorates his life. Executed and signed by Michael Rysbrack, it is crowned by a number of symbolic artefacts: cannons, spears, an axe, a plumed helmet, standards and a boat hook, together with the head of a goat, an anchor, a broken column and a standing child. The last perhaps acknowledges his final post as a trustee of St Mary's School, Twickenham.

Further reading:

Dictionary of National Biography

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