Clan Ogilvy

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Clan Ogilvy

Clan Chief
Preceded by
David George Patrick Coke Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie (1926–2023)
The Rt. Hon.
David John Ogilvy,
14th Earl of Airlie
Shield of the Arms of Earldom of Airlie

Succeeded by
Heir Apparent
David Huxley Ogilvy,
Lord Ogilvy
A lady affrontee from the middle upwards Proper in Azure vestments richly attired, holding a portcullis Gules
Motto/Slogan/War Cry
A Fin - "To the end"

Highland and Lowland
Angus is bisected by the Highland Boundary Fault
Location of Clan Lands

Historic Seat
Airlie Castle aka Errolly Castle

Other Ogilvy Castles
Auchindoun Castle was acquired by the Ogilvys in 1489. near Dufftown in Banffshire
Boyne Castle near Portsoy, Aberdeenshire
Airlie Castle, Airlie, Angus was home of the Ogilvy Earls of Airlie
Cortachy Castle near Kirrimuir, Angus
Banff Castle near Banff, Aberdeenshire

Plant badge
Evergreen Alkanet or Hawthorn

Pipe music
"The Bonnie Hoose of Airlie"
Video On Youtube

Gaelic name
MacGhille Bhuidhe

Clan Team

Clan Ogilvy Team
Team Leader TBA
Team Members Julia Hogston, Jack Blair

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Ogilvy together with members bearing the name Ogilvy, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Ogilvy.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Ogilvy on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Ogilvy



  • Airlie
  • Findlater
  • Gilchrist
  • MacGilchrist
  • Milne
  • Richardson
  • Storey

Clan History

The Ogilvies are one of the most distinguished families in Scotland.

The Mormaer of Angus title became Earl of Angus. The first recorded mention of the name of Ogilvy was in the year 1177. Gillebride; first Earl of Angus gave the lands of Angus to his son Gilbert.He then received a charter of Purin, Ogguluin and Kinminethen (now Pourie, Ogilvie, and Kilmundi) from King William. The Ogilvy name is believed to be from the old Pictish meaning "Ocel Fa' meaning; 'High ground.

Patrick de Ogilvy swore fealty to Edward I of England and appears on the Ragman Rolls of 1296. In 14th and 15th centuries there were many Battles in these early times. One was a battle between the Clan Robertson and Clan Ogilvy. Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse son was killed in this battle in 1394.

The Ogilvys fought at the Battle of Harlow in 1411.

The Ogilvys were hereditary sheriffs of Angus in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Sir Patrick Ogilvy was the commander of the Scottish forces that gave aide to Joan of Arch against the English. Patrick was then styled Viscomte d'Augus.

Sir Walter Ogilvy, the younger son of Ogilvy of Wester Powrie, was appointed High Treasirer pf Scotland in 1425. This Walter became the ancestor of the Earls of Seafield and Deskford. In 1459 Sir John Ogilvy of Lintrathern recieved a charter of Airlie Castle and its land. He was a son of Sir Walter. Sir James Ogilvy of Airlie was appointed ambassador to Denmark. In the same year he was also advanced to the ranks of the peerage as Lord Ogilvy of Airlie.

With the support of Clan Oliphant, Clan Seton, Clan Gordon and the Clan Forbes The Clan Ogilvy faught at the Battle of Arbroath on 24 January 1445. They were fighting agains the Master of Crawford and his Clan Lindsay.

The Ogilvy family suffered in their service to the Stuart monarch. Losing many young men in the battles of this time. Even though the suffered greatly under the Stuarts, the Clan Ogilvy supported the Stuart cause and joined the Earl of Mar in the rising of 1715. Lord Ogilvy was not able to return to his lands until 1725 because of attainner but his title was never restored in his life time. The Clan again faught in "45" and faught at the battle of Culloden. After this defeat Lord Ogilvy had to flee to France. There Lord Ogilvy entered royal service and obtained the rank of general. The earldom of Airlie was not restored until an Act of Parliament in 1896 when it was confirmed to David Ogilvy, 6th Earl of Airlie.

David John Ogilvy,14th Earl of Airlie is the present chief of Clan Ogilvie and is the Successor to his father David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie who served as Lord Chamberlain to the Queen. David died not long after his Queen on Jun 29, 2023. He and Queen Elizabeth II were dear friends.

Clan Branches

  • Ogilvy of Airlie (chiefs)
  • Ogilvy of Seafield
  • Ogilvy of Findlater
  • Ogilvy of Boyne

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