Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lords Proprietors, John Lovick, & Ocracoke

In 1663, eight English noblemen received a charter from King Charles II to establish the colony of Carolina in the New World. These eight men were the "Lords Proprietors," and their job was to oversee the colony on behalf of the King.

The eight Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina were:
  • George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608–1670) 
  • Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (1609–1674) 
  • John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton (1602–1678) 
  • William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1608–1697) 
  • Sir George Carteret (c. 1610–1680) 
  • Sir William Berkeley (1605–1677) 
  • Sir John Colleton, 1st Baronet (1608–1666) 
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury (1621–1683). 
On November 11, 1719 (295 years ago today) the Lords Proprietors granted the island of Occacock, containing 2,110 acres, to John Lovick, Secretary of the Colony of North Carolina and a Deputy of the Lords Proprietors.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1910 article about waterfowl hunting. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102114.htm.


  1. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Little did several of them know then that their names would live on as place names....Hyde, Carteret, Colleton (Collington?)...and the Berkeley Manor. Interesting stuff!
    NJ Reader

  2. Anonymous7:27 AM

    Which rather begs the question, Philip, did you ever have occasion to savor such delicacies back in your earliest days on the island?

    Seems strange to consider a meal of blue heron these days, but back in an era when subsistence was an overarching concern I suppose it was downright sensible.

    Yet another interesting post, as always. Thanks.

    1. I have never eaten song birds or shore birds, but my father often told me how delicious they were.

      (I am going to re-publish this exchange on Wednesday, Nov. 12, since it refers to that post.)