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Wilson and Ogilvy printers

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Date: 1835
Location: [unknown]
Surnames/tags: Wilson Ogilvy Sandemanian
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Wilson and Ogilvy printers and booksellers

Family and business history

In 1786 David Ogilvy was a bookseller at 32 MiddleRow, Holborn [1]

William Wilson (abt.1781-1835) was a bookseller and Sandemanian married to Jane (Boyd) Wilson (1780-). When William died in 1835, his wife continued the business with her son Eliezer Chater Wilson (abt.1807-) but the business was not successful.

In 1839 Jane Wilson and Eliezer Chater Wilson of 57 Skinner Street London, Printers were listed as bankrupt [2].

The printers stock was sold by auction to cover the debts of the bankruptcy

No 57 Skinner-street, Snowhill.— Printer’s stock, Lease and Household Effects, by order of the Assignees of Messrs Wilson Bankrupts. MR. DEACON will Sell on THURSDAY, Sept. 19. and following Day, the Premises, the valuable PRINTER'S STOCK in TRADE, comprising extensive founts of type, iron presses, frames, and all the requisites, furniture, and implements for a printing office, the same time the furniture of dwelling-house, &r. view the preceding; and Catalogues to had at W. Turquand. Esq , Official Assignee; [3]

Eliezer Chater then went into partnership with William Ogilvy and they offer an apprenticeship

In 1840 Eliezer Chater Wilson and William Ogilvy, Printers, took on George Benford Leighton (also from a Sandemanian family) as an apprentice.

Indenture (seals partially intact; 33 x 27 cm) by which George Benford Leighton, son of the late George Leighton of Clerkenwell, [Middlesex, England], consents to be apprenticed to Eliezer Chater Wilson and William Ogilvy, Printers, to learn their art for a period of seven years, dated 6 August 1840. [4]


In 1840 Wilson and Ogilvy 57 Skinner street were the printers of the London Medical Gazette: Or, Journal of Practical Medicine. (1840). United Kingdom: (n.p.). [5]

In 1843 they printed the Publisher's Circular and Book Seller's Record. (1843). United Kingdom: Croydon, Eng.. [6]

which continued at least until 1848, when the company is described as

Printed at 57 Skinner Street in the city of London by Eliezer Chater Wilson of 57 Skinner Street aforesaid and William Ogilvy of 33 Wilmington Square in the parish of St james, Clerkenwell; and published on Tuesday February 15, 1848 by Sampson Low of 42 Lambs Conduit Street, in the parish of St George the Martyr, at the office 54 Fleet Street in the parish of St. Dunstan in the west [7]

In 1849 Wilson and Ogilvy, 57 Skinner Street, Snowhill published John Snow M.D.. (1849). On the Mode of Communication of Cholera. United Kingdom: John Churchill. [8]

In 1856 they published COLE, J. J. (1856). Military Surgery: or, Experience of field practice in India, during the years 1848 and 1849. United Kingdom: W.H. Allen and Company. [9]

Other possible family members

Elizabeth Ogilvy(abt.1782-1847) married married James Boyd of on the 7th August 1810. James Boyd is likely to be the son of James Boyd Sandemanian, who employed James Faraday, the father of Michael Faraday who moved to London. He is thought to have found work with fellow Sandemanian ironmonger James Boyd of Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, Greater London, England. This would have been some time between 1790 and 1800.

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