Thomas Wogan, b.c.1620

Welsh Parliamentarian and regicide; he escaped abroad after the Restoration.

The third son of John Wogan of Wiston in Pembrokeshire, Thomas Wogan was active in Wales for Parliament during the First Civil War and was elected recruiter MP for Cardigan in August 1646. During the Second Civil War, Wogan served under Colonel Horton in the defeat of the Royalist insurgents at the battle of St Fagans (May 1648), after which he was promoted to colonel and appointed governor of Aberystwyth Castle by Cromwell.

In January 1649, Wogan was appointed to the the High Court of Justice for the trial of King Charles, and was a signatory of the King's death warrant. During the Commonwealth, he was granted lands in Ireland, where a branch of the Wogan family was long established.

Wogan was excluded from pardon at the Restoration and surrendered to the authorities in June 1660. He was held at York Castle until 1664 when he escaped to the Netherlands. He was last heard of at Utrecht in 1666, when Aphra Behn reported that he was engaged in a conspiracy against the English government.


J. T. Peacey, Thomas Wogan, Oxford DNB, 2004