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A Hogg Family History

“Who were they, whence they came, what toils
Beset them in the wild and glen;
‘Tis ouis to gather from the spoils
Of fifty years – the faithful few,
The record true, the flowing line,
Shall bid them live in coming time.”

I came across this history today and I can highly commend it to my readers.

Early in Scottish History we find dwelling in the bonniest part of the “Bonny Isle” an independent, sturdy family by the name of Hogg, or as our Scotch cousins would pronounce it, “Hawg”. The name came from their occupation, all being shepherds. Many of you already know that the term “hog” in Scotland is applied to a sheep one year old and not to swine. Thus a g was added to the name given a yearling sheep to designate the family whose care it was to herd the flocks (and perhaps also to avoid any misunderstanding as to the age of some of us who bear the name in the present generation).

In the beautiful “Mid Lowlands” of Scotland, in the part lying south of the Firth of Forth, with the river Clyde on the west and the Tweed rising in and flowing through to the sea on the east, lived this ancient family, Hogg, of which we are an American branch.

Back in the 18th century, the was one William Hogg, “the only child of his parents”, a wheelwright by trade, married to one Margaret Lumsden of Pimploth, in which town they resided until the birth of their eldest son William. Going from there to Dalhousie, where a second son, George, was born in 1801 – a hundred years ago. Next after these sons came the two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth. The fifth child, a son James was born at Gorebridge, where the family lived but a short time, as the next son, John by name, was born at Stowe January 03, 1813. During the three succeeding years, the family moved to Dalkirth. The father’s health having been impaired by rheumatism, he was obliged to guit his trade and seek a livelihood by means of the “Carriers” occupation. That is, delivering goods of light weight between towns in a certain district. Here it was, on February 22, 1816 that the son Wilson was born. The first six children had all been given family names, but the seventh was given the surname of two maidens who proved themselves very kind neighbors. On February 22, 1818 was born the son Adam. After this the family made another move, but whether to Tyne Head or Galashiels I am uncertain. But at one of these places was born Marian in 1820, and on June 18, 1822 was born Catherine. The family lived at a place called Misselburgh and then returned to Dalkirth where the wife assisted the husband in the support of their family by keeping a “tollgate”. But whether the return was made previous to November 15, 1825, the date of Thomas Pringle Hogg’s birth, I am unable to ascertain. Lastly was born Ellen, the youngest of twelve children, on December 25, 1827. These all lived to be men and women of mature years and yet never all saw each other. All these many towns in which our grandpaxents resided are very near Edinburgh, so though they made frequent changes in location, the distance was not great.

In Scotland, when boys reached a certain age they were apprenticed to some useful pursuit. Whether the boy’s natural inclination is always consulted or not, I am in doubt. William, the eldest of the past generation of Hoggs, was bound out to learn the cooper trade (barrel making), and the fact is handed down to us that he hated it, and hated it so desperately that when the regiment of “Scots Grays returned from Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo and were looking for recruits, he begged to quit his trade and enlist. This he was permitted to do and even though he was under age, an inch too short and too light in weight, he was accepted. He served with his regiment until his death, which occurred in Dublin Barracks, caused by injuries sustained by being thrown from his horse. After his enlistment in 1815, he was allowed to go home but once. When the King visited Scotland on the occasion of knighting Sir Walter Scott, the “Scots Grays” were his body guard and William Hogg obtained permission to visit his parents. At that time, the family lived on the direct road between Edinburgh Castle and Melrose and Abbottsford. Those at home witnessed the sight of a king and his guard riding at full speed, eight abreast, down a fin Scotch road and return. William married a Scottish maiden, but after his death all trace of her was lost by the family. He had no children

by Jennie A Hogg

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