Richard Vining Perry Ogilvie

1765 - 1834


Born Richard Vining Perry. An apothecary based in Bristol who in 1791 abducted the 15-year-old heiress Clementina Clarke from her boarding school in Bristol. Clarke had inherited in trust Langley Park in Jamaica from her uncle George Ogilvie. In 1794 Perry was tried for abduction but acquited when Clementina testified that she had intended to elope with him. The case was widely reported in newspapers at the time.

Clementina Perry, daughter of Richard and Clementina Perry, was baptised at Barwell, Leicestershire, 28/07/1813. Clementina Perry died, age 38 at Bath in September 1813.

George Ogilvie had left an annuity of £400 pa to his wife Barbara nee Dundas and the question of whether the annuity should be charged on his Jamaican or Scottish property formed the case Ogilvie v. Dundas and others.

George Ogilvie had in 1782 bequeathed his estate to his nephew George Clarke (later Ogilvie) but amended his will in favour of George Clarke's sister Clementina in 1791. The details of George Clarke's inheritance formed the case Marshall and others v. Wedderburn and others.

A miniature of Richard Vining Perry Ogilvie is held at Benthall Hall, Shropshire.


New Annual Register, April 1794 pp. 23-24. For a more detailed account see, for example, Naomi Clifford, 'The Bristol elopement: Clementina Clerke and Richard Vining Perry', [accessed 08/04/12016]. batch no. C03436-2. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 83 part 2 p. 403 (October 1813).

James Wilson and Patrick Shaw, Cases decided in the House of Lords, on appeal from the Courts of Scotland, 1826, 1827 (Edinburgh, 1829) vol. 2 pp. 216-230.

The Law Journal for the year 1830: comprising reports of cases in the Courts of Chancery, Kings Bench and Common Please, from Michaelmas Term 1829, to Trinity Term 1830 (London, 1830) vol. 8 pp. 37-39. [accessed 08/04/2016].

Further Information

Clementine Clarke

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
- 1813 [EY] → Trust beneficiary
1817 [EA] - → Agent

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Miniature of Richard Vining Perry Ogilvie, attire. to Andrew Plimer, c. 1805. Now in Benthall Hall Shrophire, National Trust... 
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Relationships (2)

Husband → Wife
Father-in-law → Son-in-law

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England