Wogan was a lifelong supporter of the Jacobite cause, stating: “I shall always be ready to do what service I can for the cause I have ever much at heart”. Born in Ireland, Wogan moved to England in 1712 and soon after was involved in the 1715 Rising. He was captured and charged with treason but managed to escape before trial and fled to France. Meeting James Francis Edward Stuart, the Jacobite claimant to the throne, in Avignon, Wogan became friends with James and set about helping him select a suitable bride. They chose Maria Clementina Sobieska but whilst travelling to meet her suitor she was captured at the behest of the British government. In 1719, Wogan orchestrated an audacious rescue and she was freed. For this he was made a Roman senator by the Pope and colonel and Irish baronet by James.