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Woolcombe House, in the fictional village of Woolhampton, Dorset, is the ancestral home of the Aubrey family. The Aubreys have been lords of the manor and "buried at Woolhampton for many generations".[1] In the Aubreyad, the names "Woolcombe" and "Woolhampton" are used interchangeably to describe Aubrey's home, particularly in the earlier novels. The first mention, in Post Captain, Maturin asks Aubrey if he had not the intention of "going to Woolhampton – of going to your father’s house?"[2]


  1. O'Brian, Patrick. The Letter of Marque. ©1988 by Patrick O'Brian. First American Edition, 1990. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. New York, NY: p.222
  2. O’Brian, Patrick. Post Captain. ©1972. J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and New York: p. 14

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