We use cookies to track visitor statistics and personalise adverts. This info is shared with Google. Only use the site if you agree to this. OK, I agree

Glenbuchat Heritage

130  Professor Alexander Ogg
The Glenbuchat Image Library
130 Professor Alexander Ogg

Professor Alexander Ogg was a distinguished member of the Ogg family from Baltimore Farm, and who made his success in South Africa. He was the brother of Charles Ogg , a prominent member of the Glenbuchat community

I am grateful to his great great granddaughter Lucy Shillington for allowing the use of the above picture and details of his life. More of the family history can be seen in Lucy’s Blog

The full family history is below

Alexander was the son of Charles Ogg (1815-1882) farmer at Baltimore farm Glenbuchat and Ann (Farquharson) Ogg (1831-1918). He was born in Glenbucket on 13 Jan 1870 and was brought up and educated at Aberdeen University.

There he obtained a M.A. in 1891 and a B.Sc. 1895 at Aberdeen. He then gained a Ph.D. at Gottingen University in 1898. He graduated in the University of Aberdeen under Prof. Kiven and afterwards obtained his doctorate as an 1898 Exhibitioner under Walther Nernst in Göttingen. His thesis was “The chemical equilibrium between amalgams and solutions”. (Universitat, PhD thesis, Universitat Gottingen, 1898.) His interest in thermodynamics arose during this period, and this led to his well-known English translation of Planck‘s classic work “Treatise On Thermodynamics”

After this, he was for a time a lecturer at Aberdeen University, which he left to become a master in the Royal Naval Engineering College, Devonport. In 1905 he migrated to South Africa to be the first occupant of the chair of physics and applied mathematics at Rhodes University College, Grahamstown. In so doing he became by no means the least illustrious of that band of Scottish teachers who have contributed so much to South Africa. His wife Gertrude Elizabeth Winifred (Harvey) Ogg was born (1875) in Breconshire, Glamorgan in Wales, and they married in 1910.

As first Professor of Physics and Applied Mathematics in 1905 at the newly established Rhodes University College, Grahamstown, he became one of the most well-known figures in S.A. in the field of physics. In 1917-1919 he was Professor of Physics at the S.A. School of Mines and Technology (later University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) and in 1918 became acting principal of this university. In 1920-1936 he was Professor of Physics at University Cape Town, where he supervised the setting up of the new De Beers Physical Laboratory and took the lead in 1930 in erection of a permanent magnetic observatory in 1932 at the University Cape Town. During his tenure as a professor of physics at the University of Cape Town, he specialised in research on terrestrial magnetism. Because of the electrical interference from the local Trams that were then running through Rondebosch, he began working late during the nights. Eventually he moved his research to Hermanus and started the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory there in the 1930′s. This still remains the only Magnetic Observatory in the southern hemisphere. He became a Fellow of the University of Cape Town, and also served as president of the Royal Society of S.A. for five years.

He died on 23 Feb 1948 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Ogg Family Tree

Alexander Ogg
Birth 1751 in Aberdeenshire
Death 1789 in Strathdon,
Barbara McRobert (1754-1789)
Margaret Ogg (1774-1851)
Isabel Ogg (1781-)
Jean Ogg (1783-)
William Ogg (1785-1851)
Alexander Ogg (1787-1862)
Robert Ogg (1789-1868)
1773 Age: 22 Marriage to Barbara McRobert Strathdon,
1789 Age: 38 Death Strathdon,

William Ogg
Birth 7 Jan 1785 in Strathdon
Death 10 Apr 1851 in Glenbucket,
Alexander Ogg (1751-1789)
Barbara McRobert (1754-1789)
Mary Dingwall (1786-1848)
Alexander Ogg (1811-1884)
Jean Ogg (1813-1881)
William Ogg (1813-1891)
Charles Ogg (1815-1882)
John Ogg (1817-1823)
George Ogg (1819-1843)
James Duff Ogg (1823-1907)
Margaret Ogg (1825-1898)
1851 10 Apr Age: 66 Death Glenbucket,
1851 Age: 66 Residence Glenbucket

Charles Ogg
Birth 28 Aug 1815 in Baltimore Farm, Glenbucket,
Death 25 Dec 1882 in Baltimore Farm, Glenbucket,
William Ogg (1785-1851)
Mary Dingwall (1786-1848)
Spouse 1
Margaret Brodie (1820-)
William Ogg (1838-1858)
Spouse 2
Ann Farquharson (1831-1918)
Mary Dingwall Ogg (1854-)
Charles Ogg (1856-)
John Ogg (1858-1919)
Anne Margaret Ogg (1860-1944)
Jane Ogg (1863-)
Isabella Ogg (1867-1948)
Alexander Ogg (1870-1948)
Janet Ogg (1870-1878)
1838 Age: 23 Marriage to Margaret Brodie Glenbuchat,
1851 Age: 36 Residence Glenbucket,
1854 8 May Age: 38 Marriage to Ann Farquharson Glenbuchat,
1861 Age: 46 Residence Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire,
1871 Age: 56 Residence Glenbucket
1881 Age: 66 Residence Glenbucket
1882 25 Dec Age: 67 Death Baltimore Farm, Glenbucket

Alexander Ogg
Birth 13 Jan 1870 in Glenbucket,
Death 23 Feb 1948 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Charles Ogg (1815-1882)
Ann Farquharson (1831-1918)
Gertrude E W Harvey (1875-)
Mary Gertrude Ogg (1915-1991)
Dorothy Farquharson Ogg (Shillington) - b 19 Feb 1918, d 8 April 1980
1871 Age: 1 Residence Glenbucket,
1881 Age: 11 Residence Glenbucket,
1891 Age: 21 Residence Aberdeen Old Machar,
1910 15 Jan Age: 40 Arrival Southampton,
1910 Jan Age: 40 Marriage Breconshire, Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan,
1925 19 Jan Age: 55 Arrival Southampton
1936 5 Mar Age: 66 Arrival London
1948 23 Feb Age: 78 Death Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1871 Scotland Census about Alexander Ogg
Name:Alexander Ogg
Age:1 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1870
Father's Name:Charles Ogg
Mother's name:Ann Ogg
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number:200
Registration district:Glenbucket Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Occupation:Farmers Son ED:1
Household schedule number:32 Line:7 Roll:CSSCT1871_38
Household Members:NameAge
Charles Ogg55
Ann Ogg39
Charles Ogg14
John Ogg12
Anne M Ogg10
Jane Ogg8
Alexander Ogg1
Janet Ogg1
Margaret Beedie15

1881 Scotland Census about Alexander Ogg
Name:Alexander Ogg
Age:11 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1870
Father's Name:Charles Ogg
Mother's name:Ann Ogg
Where born:Glenbucket, Aberdeensh Registration Number:200 Registration district:Glenbucket Civil parish:Glenbucket County:Aberdeenshire
Occupation:Scholar ED:1
Household schedule number:33 Line:6 Roll:cssct1881_60
Household Members:NameAge
Charles Ogg65
Ann Ogg49
Mary D Ogg26
Charles Ogg24
Isabella Ogg14
Alexander Ogg11
William Ogg4 MO

Picture added on 11 January 2012 at 22:45
This picture is in the following groups
Please add your comments about this picture using the form below.


Your Name

Your email address - this will be shown on the page and will allow the system to notify you of further comments added to this picture.


26 Lonach Higlanders 186342 Stewart Family Gravestones,  Kirkmichael Church41 Brodie - Stewart Families39 Dr Howie's Daughters8 Glenbuchat Film 19467  Glenbuchat Film 19466 Glenbuchat Film 19465 Glenbuchat Film 19464 Glenbuchat Film 19463 Glenbuchat Film 1946