- George Bogle of Daldowie
George Bogle, of Daldowie, "Junior", (1701 – 1782) was a
Virginiamerchant, a West Indiatrader, and a considerable citizen of Glasgow, where he was one of the Tobacco LordsAs well as trading in tobaccohe dealt in other Caribbeancommodities, such as sugar. He was an early partner in the Glasgow Tan Work, and in the Eastern Sugarhouse.
Rector of the University of Glasgowthree times between 1738 and 1750 and was the father of the young adventurer, George Bogle, private secretary to Warren Hastings, who led the first attempted British embassy from Indiato Tibetand the Emperor of Chinain 1774.
George Bogle, Junior, came from an ambitious family which had farmed, rented, tenanted then owned land in the west of Scotland for at least 200 years. They are well documented in the land rolls of the
Archbishopricof Glasgow, who owned much of the land to the east of Glasgow. There is a curate, "Patrick Bogle", of the “church of Caddir” mentioned in 1509. In 1510,“"Thomas Bogyl"” of Chedylstoun is mentioned. In 1555 , “"Isobell Bogyl"” is mentioned in relation to “"Daldowy Wester"” and in 1569, “"Wylzem Bogylle"” is referred to as having “the lands of Carmyl , callet “"Bogylis Hole"”. After the Reformationthe Bogyle seem to have taken over their lands from the church. In 1690 and Act of the Scottish Parliamentrecorded the return of lands to “"Tomas Bogle of Boglehole"”, after forfeiture (presumably having chosen the wrong side during the Civil Wars ).
A "George Bogle, senior", died in 1707, and was buried at the east end of
Glasgow Cathedral. This was the year of the Parliamentary Union between Scotlandand Englandwhich opened up both Englandand the English Empire to ambitious Scottish merchants, from which the "Bogles" profited greatly.
After "George Senior", the family divided into three branches - the
Shettlestonbranch, the Daldowiebranch and the Carmyle, or "Bogleshole" branch. Each has a confusing fondness for certain first names — particularly "Robert" and "George" — but had (mostly) good fortune in trade and in marriages to Scotland’s land, commercial and legal elites.
The Bogles of Daldowie
The lands of Easter Daldowie lie 5 miles east of
Glasgowbetween the North Calder Waterand the River Clyde. "George Senior’s" father, Robert Bogle, was a considerable Glasgowmerchant, having been Dean of Guildtwice (in 1661 and 1667)] ). "George Senior’s" son, "another Robert", was Dean of Guild in 1728. He purchased Easter Daldowie in 1724. Robert died in 1734 and the "George Bogle" of this article took possession of Daldowie(and also lands at Whiteinch).
A house is marked at
Daldowieon Timothy Pont’s manuscript of 1596, published in 1654 at Amsterdambut this was not suitable for a man of George Senior’s status. By 1745 he had erected in its stead a magnificent mansion (later much extended). In that year, Bonnie Prince Charliewas in Glasgowwith his army and on Christmas Daysent a George (like most of the local gentry, reluctant to support this rebellion) a demand for hay, oats and straw for his horses “"under pain of military execution"”. The Highlanders who came to collect the supplies, also stole some horses and abused George’s servants. George complained to the Prince, and received from him, on the 29th, a warrant “to protect and defend the estate, house and horses of George Bogle, Jnr”. Later, the family went to Bothwell Bridge to see the Prince and his army pass. George’s elder daughter describe Charles as “"a fine looking young man, with long fair hair"”.
George Bogle of Daldowie married Anne Sinclair (connected to an influential Lord of Session - and, distantly, to
Oliver Cromwell) - in 1731 , by whom he had three sons and four daughters. The youngest son was a third "George Bogle", (born 1747) who used family connections, and the influence of Henry Dundas, to get a position as private secretary to Warren Hastingsof the British East India Company. This latter George Bogle was ordered to lead an (unsuccessful) expedition from Calcuttato Tibetin an effort to get the Lamato persuade the Chinese Emperorto establish ties with Britain. He died, young and unmarried, in Calcuttain 1781.
* [http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/smihou/smihou033.htm a link to the history of the Bogles] , courtesy of the
Glasgow Digital Library.
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