George Ogilvie

???? - 23rd Jan 1791


Born in north-east Scotland in modest circumstances, made a fortune in Jamaica and owned Langleys estate in St Mary. Described himself as of St Mary, Jamaica, but now in London when he wrote his will in 1782 bequeathing the bulk of his estate in trust to his nephew George Clarke (son of his sister Isobel who had married John Clarke). In 1785 he married Barbara Dundas, daughter of Col. James Dundas of Dundas, in Ballendean, Perthshire, Scotland. As part of his marriage settlement he guaranteed her an annuity of £400 pa after his death. Ogilvie amended his will on 17/01/1791, by which time he was resident in Scotland, having bought Langley Park near Montrose, replacing his bequest to George Clarke with the same to his sister Clementina. He died at Langley Park, 23/01/1791.

The question of whether Barbara Ogilvie's annuity should be charged on George Ogilvie's Jamaican or his Scottish property formed the case Ogilvie v. Dundas and others. The question of the inheritance of George Clarke (Clementina's brother) formed the case Marshall and others v. Wedderburn and others.


New Annual Register, April 1794 pp. 23-24. For a more detailed account of the later fotunes of Clementina Ogilvie see, for example, Naomi Clifford, 'The Bristol elopement: Clementina Clerke and Richard Vining Perry', [accessed 08/04/12016]. Scots Magazine Vol. 47 p. 467 (September 1785), Vol. 53 p. 100 (February 1791).

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.

We are grateful to Jeni Reid for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Barbara Dundas
Plantation owner

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
1778 [EA] - 23/01/1791 [ED] → Owner
1791 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Previous owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Barbara Dundas, Mrs George Ogilvie, portrait attributed to Sir William Beechey and now held in the National Trust Collection at Benthall Hall, Shropshire. ... 
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Relationships (1)

Uncle → Niece

Addresses (1)

Langley Park, Montrose, Forfarshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland