Records of Sir Williakms participation in the deliberations of the Carpenters Company appear in http://www.londonlives.org/ on numerous pages. Sir William is also listed as a donor towards new buildings at the prestigious St Thomas Hospital, and as a member of Court of Governors of St Thomas’ Hospital.
Quote: Grand Committee Mercur 6o. Octobr 1725
Ordered that Green Staffs be sent to Thomas Edwards Francis Coulston and William Ogbourne Esqr . who are
now Chosen Governours of this Hospital.
November 1998. In an exhibition in the White Tower of the Tower of London opened by H.M.The Queen an example of Sir William’s work is exhibited. Golden Carvings by William Wade 1708 from the Master General’s (John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough)Barge are shown along with the Cabin Ceiling by ‘The Master Carpenter William Ogbourne’.
Place Lyes the Body
of Sr WILLIAM OGBORNE Kn.
who dyed October 13th 1734 aged 72
He was Master Carpenter to the
Office of Ordinance 35 years
Sheriff of this City
Colonel of the Militia;
An Elder Brother of the Trinity Houfe,
And one of his Majefty’s Juftices &c;
A most tender Hufband, loving Parent
Sincere & kind Friend; a Man of great
Piety and Virtue, mix’d with much
Candour and Humanity;
Endued with a Noble and
Always ready to Comfort
and relieve the Poor
and in every Circumftance
of Life worthy of Imitation
Alfo the LADY JOYCE
Relict of Sr. Wm. Ogborne Kt
who Departed this Life
Augt. 4th 1744
The freehold property, in Cheapside and Lawrence Lane, in occupancy, and an empty house adjoining, he gives to his wife Dame Joyce, and also the residence, in Rosemary Lane, during her lifetime, she paying £0, in half-yearly payments, to his Grandson, Ogborne Churchill.
Upon his wife’s demise, these properties are given to his Grandson, Ogborne Churchill and Grand-daughter, Sarah Churchill, equally. In case both die before twenty-one years of age and leave no heirs, then these properties are to be equally divided between St. Thomas’ Hospital, Southwark, County of Surrey, and The Carpenters’ Guild, of London, for the benefit of their poor.
The testator also gave to his wife his coach, his chariot horses, plate, hay, corn, etc. He owned many houses leased to many individuals.
A full copy of Sir William’s will is available in this website.
His widow, Dame Joyce, died about ten years later, and was mentioned in her will as of Greenwich, Kent County, England. She was doubtless a second wife for she mentions none of his legatees, except “Sister, Mary Bedson.” She willed her estate to her kinspeople, females, by the names of Williams, Clopton and Searles, and the residue of her estate to her nephew, William Singleton, of St. Christophers, West Indies. She made many bequests of good size to friends and servants.