Colonel James Bogle Delap

1779 - 2nd Nov 1850

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Robert Delap (d. 1782) of Monellan Co. Donegal and grandson of Samuel Delap of Letterkenny (q.v.).

  1. Son of Robert Delap and Mary Ann Bogle, and brother of William Drummond Delap and Samuel Francis Delap. Died 02/11/1850.

  2. Entered the 1st Dragoon Guards in 1807. 'Of the King's 1st Regiment of Dragoon Guards' when he married Harriet Hillier daughter of Nathaniel Hillier of Stoke Park, Surrey 1809. Retired in October 1812. In the same year he obtained appointment as Lieut.Colonel of the 1st Royal Surrey Militia; he became colonel of the regiment in 1838.

  3. As "Colonel Delap" he was a member of the Prince Regent's wider circle, was regularly present at Court, and became notable for the hospitality provided at his house in Harley Street. His father-in-law was Master of the Mercers' Company in 1797, and the connection with the Hillier family brought him (by 1819) properties at Bow Brickhill and Caldecote in Buckinghamshire, and Stoke Park in Surrey, to which he added by purchase. Of 11 Harley Street in 1823 when he was listed as a member of the Horticultural Society of London. He died at 42 Harley Street on 02/11/1850, childless; his widow died there 06/01/1859.


William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (MS), reference 1851/18 James Bogle Delap.

  1. Parentage from Burke's Landed Gentry (London, Henry Colburn, 1846). Date of death from Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Record Service Smallholdings and allotments committee 1892-1974, SH42/8 1913, which includes a summary of James Bogle Delap's will.

  2. Sources from Paul Hitchings: entered 1st Dragoon Guards, Kentish Gazette, 10/02/1807; retiring, The Globe, 21/10/1812; Royal Surrey Militia Bath Chronicle, 03/12/1812. Marriage, The European Magazine and London Review vols. 55-56 1809 (by Philological Society) p. 73. Colonel of Surrey Militia, London Gazette Part 2 Issue 19639 p. 1669 (24/07/1839).

  3. Sources from Paul Hitchings: references to his presence at Court are based on numerous press reports (see, in particular, Morning Chronicle 15/11/1816 reporting his presenting his brother William to the Regent at Carlton House); likewise mention of his hospitality (see, eg, Morning Post, 04/06/1829, account of his wife's quadrille party). Horticultural Society of London (1823) p. 21. Death, The Spectator 09/11/1850. Will of Nathaniel Hillier, PROB 11/1517/170.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Janet [sic] Bogle Delap
Harriet Hillier

Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Record Service Smallholdings and allotments committee 1892-1974, SH42/8 1913, includes a summary of James Bogle Delap's will:

Dated 18/05/1849 [proved 1/1/1851], left estates Lillingstone Lovell, Lillingstone Darrell, Leckhampstead, Akeley and Charlton in Oxon, Northants and Bucks to wife Harriett Delap for life, remainder to brother Samuel Delap for life, remainder to his nephew Rev. Robt Delap (son of Samuel Delap) for life, remainder to great nephew James Bogle Delap (eldest son of Robert Delap), remainder to use of sons of James Bogle Delap successively in tail with remainders over.  



Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£4,940 10s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£19 10s 10d

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
1800 [EA] - 1837 [LA] → Owner
1807 [EA] - 1807 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (3)

16 Harley Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
24 Harley Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, South-east England, England