Ogilvie Ancestry
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Ogilvie Ancestry

The Ogilvies take their name from Gilbert, a descendent of the acient Earls of Angus who was granted the barony of Ogilvie by William the Lion about 1163. The family acquired the barony of Cortachy about 1370. In 1392 Sir Walter Ogilvie of Auchterhouse was killed in a battle with the Clan Donnachaidh. His son, the Sheriff of Angus, styled Lord Ogilvie, was killed at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. Sir Walter, son of the Sheriff, was Lord High Treasurer, and built the tower of Arlie. He acquired by marriage the barony of Lintrathen, and died in 1440. From Sir Walter, his younger son, were descended the Earls of Findlater and Seafield, and the Lords of Banff. Sir James Ogilvie of Arlie was created Lord Ogilvie of Arlie in 1491. The Ogilvies were Royalists during the Civil Wars, and James, 1st Earl of Arlie, gave gallant service to the cause. James, 2nd Earl, taken prisoner at Philiphaugh, and sentenced to death, escaped from the castle of St Andrews on the eve of his execution, dressed in his sister's clothes. The Ogilvies engaged actively in the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745. David, 5th Lord Ogilvie, son of John, 4th Earl of Arlie, who joined Prince Charles with the clan Ogilvie, was attainted and fled to France. Receiving a free pardon, he returned in 1783, and died in 1813. His son, Walter Ogilvie of Arlie, assumed the title of 7th Earl in 1812, but it was not restored until 1826, when his son David was confirmed in it by Act of Parliament. David, 8th Earl of Arlie, was killed at the battle of Diamon Hill, South Africa, in 1900, gallantly leading his regiment in a charge which saved the guns.

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