The name of Ogilvie derives from Gilbert, one of the descendants of the ancient Earls of Angus. The name Ogilvie derives from the old British ‘ocelfa’ or ‘high plain’. The Ogilvie lands are to be found in Angus, with the Ogilvie family being made hereditary sheriffs of Angus in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

In the 15th century the tower of Airlie was built, the castle of the chief of the Ogilvies. The ‘Bonnie Hoose o’ Airlie’ was destroyed in 1640 by the Campbells and this tragic incident is described in a ballad of the period.

The Ogilvie clan was to suffer much in the service of the Stewart monarchs, supporting the Jacobite cause and fighting for the Stewart family in both 1715 and 1745. A regiment of Ogilvies also took part in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. After the defeat, the chief of the Ogilvie clan escaped to France and entered royal service there.

By this time the title of Earl of Ogilvie had been tainted and it was not until 1896 that an Act of
Parliament restored the earldom to the family. The Ogilvies have served as Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth. David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie, served from 1937-1965 and his son David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, from 1984-1997. David Ogilvy (13th Earl)’s wife served as a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal links were also reinforced when Angus Ogilvy, the brother of the chief, married HRH Princess Alexandra.

3 thoughts on “History”

  1. It is also true to say that at this current time, my Uncle Billy (now deceased) is the father of the current Dean of Windsor and is therefore personally involved with Queen Elizabeth ll in this current time.
    Me being an Ogilvie makes this a reasonably close connection still, I guess.

  2. My 4th great grandfather was Sabert Oglesby. He is listed in the 1790 federal census in South Carolina. He brought his family to Alabama around 1821. His head stone says he fought in the Revolution and the War of 1812. It don’t have a birth date on it, just he was born in Scotland. I can’t make him being old enough or young enough to fight in both of those wars. Just wondering if you might have any info on him?

  3. My grandfather was James Clement Ogilvie of Govan, Glasgow. And was born April 13 th 1906, and I was wondering if you can tell me how far down the line of Succession he would be in to the Earl of Airlie? He is now deceased and I was wondering if I maybe able to claim dual citizenship through him?

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