John Ogborne, Ploughing Champion 1847-1937

John Ogborne Ploughing Champion of Somerset
John Ogborne Ploughing Champion of Somerset

John Ogborne of Winford, Somerset became a very distinguished practitioner of the art of ploughing, using horsedrawn ploughs for which he won many championships. He sired no less than six sons, who became champion ploughmen, and their sons in turn sired sons who carried on the tradition. John C Ogbourne, the eldest son won 32 first prizes for ploughing before he was 21 years of age.

King George V wrote a letter of congratulation to Mr John & Mrs Susan Ogborne in 1932 on the occasion of their 64th wedding anniversary, which included the good wishes of Queen Mary, and congratulated John on the ‘remarkable ploughing record of your family’.

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Focusing on the history of the name of Ogbourne, Ogborn, Ogburn and other variants, including the early form of Ocheburne & Okebourne