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First Reading

Terry F  •  Link

Oudart (Oudant), Nicholas -- a Fleming, secretary to Mary, Dowager Princess of Orange from c. 1651. He was to become Latin Secretary to Charles II in 1666. He wrote an account of good practices of highway construction in the Netherlands, that Pepys refers to on Sat. 1 November, 1662. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1… [L&M Index and iii.246, n.2]

His naturalization:
Oudart's, &c. Nat.
Sir Edward Turner reports Amendments in the Bill for Naruralizing of Nicholas Oudart Esquire, and others: Which he read in his Place.
Resolved, That John Van de Hoeux, Abigail Bourchier, Wm. Geering, and Elizabeth Hodgkin, who have produced no Certificates of their receiving the Sacrament, be left out of the Bill.
He also presents a List of Names recommended by his Majesty, the Lord Chancellor, and others, amounting to Thirty-six in Number.
Resolved, That the said Names be added in the Bill.
Resolved, That the Bill, with those Amendments and Additions, be ingrossed.

From: 'House of Commons Journal Volume 8: 12 December 1660', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 8: 1660-1667 (1802), pp. 205-07. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/…. Date accessed: 31 October 2005.

A portrait? NPG 288
Probably Nicholas Oudart
by William Dobson
Date: circa 1645
Medium: oil on canvas

Was his original full name
François Nicolas Dubiez d’Ignancourt Oudart?

Victor Judge  •  Link

While at Oxford during the Civil war,Oudart also served in a military capacity,although his rank is currently unknown.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

OUDART, NICHOLAS (d. 1681), Latin secretary to Charles II; brought to England from Brabant by Sir Henry Wotton: created M.A. Oxford, 1636 (incorporated at Cambridge, 1638); secretary to Sir William Boswell at the Hague, 1640; assistant-secretary to Sir Edward Nicholas, 1641-51; amanuensis to Charles I; secretary to Princess Mary of Orange, 1651-61; Latin secretary to Charles 11,1666-81; a copy of 'Eikon Basilike' said to be in his handwriting.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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