LIVES – GEORGE BOGLE

Researched and written by Bryan Sherwood and Christopher John Hogger

George Bogle was born in Glasgow in 1762, having a complex ancestry in which we find many individuals deeply involved in commodity trading in Britain and in the Caribbean, with strong reliance upon the slave trade. George himself developed extensive interests in these spheres. As did some of his relations, he had a complicated family life, producing children from at least two partners. He spent many years in the mercantile business centred on the slave-dependent plantations in Jamaica until returning to England around the beginning of the 19th century. Besides owning property in London he purchased Effingham House from the forced sale of General Oliver de Lancey’s holdings. Separately he had taken on a further major lease and would have been one of Effingham’s most notable residents had he not died in 1813. He was buried at St Lawrence in Effingham. Despite extensive research there remain gaps in our understanding of his life. The following account presents the information we can currently be sure of, avoiding speculation where there is no certainty.

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