Oliver Jeggo (1873-1949) and Descendants

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Sources:  GRO Indexes, 1881 & 1891 Censuses, a Sheriffhales parish register,
(01c) 1901 Census;
(fr) "The Family Register";
(jpc) John P Cutmore;
(roy) Roy Jeggo;
(sal) Sally Ayre;
(ted) Ted Jeggo.

Numbers at the start of lines represent generations.
5 Oliver (Jock) Jeggo, son of Charles & Sarah Jeggo
+ 23/2/1907 @ Benenden (certif) (GRO ref: q1/1907 Cranbrook 2a 1308)
   Elizabeth Mary Samson, d 22/6/1957 age 82 @ Hertford Lodge (certif)
   6 Cissie Leah Jeggo b q4/1907 @ Oundle
   + q1/1938 (GRO Hertford 3a 1603)
      Leslie S Virden, butcher, Hoddesdon, Herts (jpc)
      7 Richard Virden
      7 Rosemary Virden
   6 Olive Louise Jeggo b q1/1909 @ Oundle
   + q4/1935 (GRO Hertford 3a 2503)
      Charles William Cutmore
      7 John P Cutmore, b 1937, res South Africa since 1958, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ret)
   6 Bessie E Jeggo b q4/1910 @ Oundle, d 7/2001, res Hertford Lodge West, Woodhall Park,
            Hertford (near Watton at Stone, between Stevenage and Hertford) 1918-2001 (jpc, roy)
   + q3/1939 (GRO Hertford 3a 5157)
      Reginald E Hyatt, bank manager.  Reg spent the war as a guest of the Japanese assisting building the railway in Burma (ted).
      7 Sally Ayre   }   identical twins (sal)
      7 Joan Barnes }
   6 Edward Oliver (Ted) Jeggo b q2/1915 @ Oundle, res Monifieth/Carnoustie, Scotland (roy, jpc)
   + q4/1939 (GRO Hertford 3a 4547)
      Wilhelmina (Mina) Low, b Scotland (roy, jpc)
      7 Edward Oliver (Teddy/Ted) Jeggo
   6 Katherine Rose Jeggo b q4/1918 @ Hertford
   + q3/1947 @ Hertford
      David Childs, res Hertford (jpc)

Details of Individuals

Oliver ("Jock") Jeggo (1873-1949)

Called "Jock" because of his time in Scotland.

Born: 18/12/1872 (fr; certif) @ Sheriffhales Wood, Sheriffhales, bap 23/2/1873 @ Sheriffhales, son of Charles & Sarah Jeggo.

Died: 24/11/1949 age 76 @ Hertford Lodge (certif)

Residences: (see below)
Red House, Shropshire Street, Market Drayton (91c)
Benenden, Kent (01c)
Hertford Lodge West, Woodhall Park (jpc)


Extracts from "The Gamekeeper", November 1916:-

Mr. Oliver Jeggo's first place away from home was in Scotland, at Dunrobin, Golspie.  He was taken on as a rabbit-trapper.  This branch of the gamekeeper's work has had some peculiar fascination for him, for he has been ever since a very keen student of the subject of trapping and vermin.  He occasionally contributed short articles to "The Gamekeeper", which proved good reading.

After a few years at Dunrobin, Mr. Jeggo moved to another estate of the Duke of Sutherland's at Trentham, Staffordshire, under the control of Mr. W. Bond, the head-keeper.  Here he received his first insight into the killing and dressing of deer.  The estate he is now on carries a pretty head of deer, but here they are under the most able care of the deer-keeper, Mr. R. Bollard, and have been for many years.

Mr. Jeggo remained at Trentham four and a half years, and then obtained a situation as under-keeper to Mr. S. Dell, then head-gamekeeper to the Earl of Cranbrook at Hemsted Park, Cranbrook, Kent.  At Hemsted from 4,000 to 5,000 pheasants were shot each season.

From Trentham (sic;  surely Cranbrook was intended  - CRJ) Mr. Jeggo went to Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, the seat of H. L. C. Brassey, Esq.  He passed nine years there upon the Longwood Beat, and succeeded in producing game and foxes.  At the outbreak of War the staff was reduced, and our subject came to relieve Mr. Totman as head-gamekeeper of Woodhall Park, Hertford, the property of Colonel Abel Henry Smith.  (... Before the war ...) game and foxes were the desiderata at Woodhall, and they will be again, and when those days return Mr. Jeggo will have an opportunity of improving an already worthy reputation.

Oliver Jeggo at Trentham Hall

The Stafford Record Office holds many papers from the Duke of Sutherland's estates in Staffordshire. In a bundle with reference number D593/L/6/2/65 catalogued as 'Trentham Reports Etc.' there are monthly reports for the year 1896.  (The catalogue contains similar entries for other years - 1896 was selected as likely to contain references to Oliver.)

Trentham General Monthly Reports 1896

Each report consists of a large sheet of paper folded in half to give 4 foolscap pages, pre-printed with pro-formas for various estate officials to complete their returns.  Page 1 contains Journal of the Weather and Farm Bailiff's Stock Report.  Page 2 contains Dairy, Cellar, Gardener's Report, Poulterer's Report, Stables.  Page 3 - Surveyor's Report, Timber Yard.  Page 4 - Park-Keeper's Report, Gamekeeper's Report, Woodranger's Report and Farm Bailiff's Labour Report.

The Gamekeeper's report has a table showing how many of various varieties of game were caught, and how they were disposed of (The Hall, Stafford House, presented, sold, fed to young pheasants, etc.).  It also lists the numbers of dogs of various breeds used and names the assistant keepers.
Game caught during 1896:
  Pheasants Partridges Snipes Widgeons Wild Ducks Woodcocks Hares Rabbits Fish lbs.
January 207       1   10 63  
February 56         3 1 76  
March               10  
April               30  
May               36  
June               69  
July               76  
August               35  
September   104         5 34  
October 21 57 3   2   4 79  
November 244 2 4   1 4 14 446  
December 182 4 3   2 2 2 128  
Total 710 167 10   6 9 36 1082  
Dogs used throughout the year:
Dogs No.
Retrievers 4
Spaniels 7
Night Dogs  
Total 11
Assistant keepers throughout the year:  Charles Fulford, C.J. Bloor, Oliver Jeggo.

Trentham Cash Abstracts 1896 (monthly)

There was not time to examine all twelve, just the following six:  January, February, March, April, November and December.
The usual fortnightly sum for Underkeepers' wages was £6-7s-0d.  Some weeks during the winter shooting season it was more, but it was not clear whether this represented extra payments to the three permanent Underkeepers or payments to casual keepers.  £6-7s-0d per fortnight amounts to £165 p.a., so if the three Underkeepers received the same pay, then Oliver was earning £55 p.a..  In December the Head Keeper, W.G. Bond, received ¼ year's salary, £21-5s-0d (i.e. £85 p.a.), plus £5 'In lieu of Pig'.  Also recorded for December were ½ year's Keep of Dogs and Killing Vermin: £8-11s-10d, and ½ year's Nightwatching: £8.

Extracts from "The Gamekeeper", January 1943:-

Mr. Oliver Jeggo, gamekeeper at Woodhall Park, near Hertford, has retired at the age of 70 years, after fifty-five years' service.  He came to Woodhall Park in 1916 as head gamekeeper to the late Colonel Abel Henry Smith.

Mr. Jeggo has served in the Special Police since 1916 and has recently received a medal from Lord Hampden for long service in the Force.  He is still living at Woodhall and receives a pension from Abel Smith, Esq.  It is interesting to note that Mr. Jeggo is one of our oldest subscribers, having taken "The Gamekeeper" from its first number, in October, 1897.  He has a son serving in the Royal Artillery in the Middle East and a daughter in the A.T.S.


"Mr. Jeggo has for many years indulged in the cultivation of the rose.  He has been able to show some beautiful displays, and can well be proud of the success of his own budding" ("The Gamekeeper", November 1916)

Edward Oliver ("Ted") Jeggo (1915-19??)


"Serving in the Royal Artillery in the Middle East" ("The Gamekeeper", January 1943)

From "The Gamekeeper and Countryside", April 1944:-

At a recent Beirut Horse Show, one of the special attractions was an obedience and agility display by man-hunting dogs of the Corps of Military Police, in which particular distinction was gained by "Bouncer", tough Alsatian, trained and handled by a former Hertfordshire gamekeeper, L/Cpl Edward Oliver Jeggo, whose parents live at Hertford Lodge, Woodhall Park, Hertford.

As "Bouncer" seized and hurled to the ground a "criminal" dressed in padded leather clothing there were roars of applause from the colourful Lebanese crowd, as well as from the thousands of British, India, Cypriot, and Allied troops.

Jeggo told me that after action with the 51st Division in the desert, he was sent to the Dog Training School of the CMP, where his special knowledge of dogs soon gained him distinction.  "We learnt how to train the dogs for man-hunting police work, and now my duty with "Bouncer" is to guard War Department property and track down local thieves, armed robbers and murderers.  It is easily the most interesting job I've had during the war", he said.

Edward Oliver ("Teddy/Ted") Jeggo (son of the above)

Master mariner - merchant navy - and globe-trotter.
Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
res: Cecilstown, Co. Cork, Ireland until 2004, now living in Germany.