Sir James Hogg, 1st Baronet

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Sir James Weir Hogg, 1st Baronet (1790 – 27 May 1876) was an Irish-born businessman, lawyer and politician, who served in England as a Liberal Conservative Member of Parliament

Background and education

Hogg was born in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland, the eldest son of William Hogg and his wife Mary, née Dickey. He was educated at Dr Bruce's Academy, Belfast, and later at Trinity College, Dublin.

Legal and political career

He was called to the Bar and proceeded to India in 1814, where he obtained a large and lucrative practice. In 1822 he accepted the appointment of Registrar of the Supreme Court of Judicature, Calcutta, which he held until his return to England in 1833. In 1839 he was elected a Director of the East India Company.

He was elected MP for Beverley in 1834, and represented Honiton from 1847–1857, which seat he lost by two votes at the general election that year. Hogg was twice Chairman of the East India Company, and in 1858 when the government of India was transferred to The Crown he was elected member of the Council of India, until his resignation in 1872, aged eighty two. He was created a Baronet, of Upper Grosvenor Street in the County of London, in 1846, and was offered the posts of Judge Advocate General (United Kingdom) and the Governorship of Bombay, both of which he refused.


Hogg married on 26 July 1822, Mary, the daughter of Samuel Swinton of Swinton House, Swinton, Berwickshire (see Clan Swinton). He successfully brought a libel action against Barnard Gregory for publishing an accusation in The Satirist that his wife was legally married to another man.[1] Sir James and Lady Hogg had fourteen children. On his death in 1876, he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Sir James Macnaghten Hogg, who, on 5 July 1887, was created Baron Magheramorne, of Magheramorne in the County of Antrim, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, as part of the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Hogg's seventh son Quintin Hogg was a merchant and philanthropist and the father of Douglas Hogg, 1st Viscount Hailsham and Sir Malcolm Hogg, who also served on the Council of India, and grandfather of Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone. He died in 1876, aged 85-86.

See also


  1. Rees, Joan (1985), Shelley's Jane Williams, London: William Kimber, p. 152, ISBN 978-0-7183-0549-9<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Burton
Hon. Charles Langdale
Member of Parliament for Beverley
With: Henry Burton 1835–1837
George Lane-Fox 1837–1840
Sackville Lane-Fox 1840–1841
John Towneley 1841–1846
Succeeded by
John Towneley
Sackville Lane-Fox
Preceded by
Hugh Duncan Baillie
Forster Alleyne McGeachy
Member of Parliament for Honiton
With: Joseph Locke
Succeeded by
Joseph Locke
Archibald Stuart-Wortley
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Upper Grosvenor Street)
Succeeded by
James Macnaghten McGarel-Hogg