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Ogilvy
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p. 130). Subsequently he went abroad, and, at the instance of Mary queen of Scots, he was in August 1571 sent with letters specially directed to Mar and Morton to induce them to recognise her (Labanoff, Lettres de Marie Stuart, iii. 356). On 13 Jan. 1575 Mary, in a letter to the Archbishop of Glasgow, sent assurances of her good will to Lord Ogilvy (ib. iv. 239), but some time after this he appears to have written to Mary complaining of the want of appreciation of his services (Mary to the Archbishop of Glasgow, 25 Feb. 1576, ib. 293). Some time before this he was placed in ward, and on 1 May 1576 he gave surety that, on his release from the palace of Linlithgow, he would within forty-eight hours enter his person in ward within the city of Glasgow (Reg. P. C. Scotl. ii. 527). In November 1577 he was, though still in ward, employed on behalf of Mary to open up communications with Morton (Labanoff, iv. 400). After Morton's resignation of his regency in 1578, he was, on 13 March, discharged of his ward (Reg. P. C. Scotl. ii. 677), and on the 24th he was chosen a member of the new privy council (ib. v. 678). He was one of the 'eight notable men' nominated by the king on 8 Sept. for the reconciliation of the nobility (ib. iii. 25-6; Moysle, Memoirs, p. 15). Having on 8 April been named by the assembly of the kirk as one of the persons ‘suspected of papistrie,’ a minister was appointed to confer with him and report (Calderwood, iii. 401), and ultimately, on 28 Jan. 1580–1, he subscribed the confession of faith (ib. p. 501). He was employed by the agents of Mary to be an intermediary with the King of Scots in persuading him to co-operate with the proposed Spanish invasion in 1580 (Labanoff, v. 173); and was subsequently empowered to induce him to consent to go to Spain (ib. pp. 214–15). He was involved in the plot for the fall of Morton, and was one of the assize who convicted him of treason in June 1581 (Calderwood, iii. 557; Moysie, p. 32). He afterwards shared in the rewards that followed on the establishment of the new régime, obtaining a charter of the office of bailie of the monastery of Arbroath, and also charters to himself and Jean Forbes, his wife, and James, their son, of the castle of the monastery on 31 Oct. 1582 (Reg. Mag. Sig. Scot. 1580–93, entry 453), and of the lands of Schangy, 18 Feb. 1582–3 (ib. p. 515). He attended the convention of estates on 7 Dec. 1583, which declared the raid of Ruthven to be a crime of lèse-majesté (Calderwood, viii. 21; Reg. P. C. Scotl. iii. 614). At the coronation of the queen, 10 May 1590, Ogilvy followed in the procession behind the king (Calderwood, v. 96), and in 1596 he was sent to Denmark to assist at the coronation of Christian IV (Calderwood, v. 437; Reg. P. C. Scotl. v. 318). On 6 Feb. 1598–9 he was ordered to submit to the king and council a feud between him and the Earl of Atholl (ib. v. 523), and on 19 April the master of Ogilvy appeared for his father and himself, when Atholl, having failed to appear, was ordered into ward in the castle of Dumbarton under pain of treason (ib. p. 552). On 7 March 1600 Ogilvy was ordered, under pain of rebellion, to remain in ward within his place of Arbroath (ib. vi. 91). This order was given owing to a feud between the Ogilvys and Lindsays, with whom William Stewart, brother of the Earl of Atholl, was associated. On 23 March Ogilvy appeared and protested that, although he had subscribed an assurance to Alexander Lindsay, lord Spynie, he ought not to be held answerable for those of his kin who had subscribed assurances for themselves, and his protest was admitted (ib. p. 95). On 2 March 1602 charge was given by the council for the renewal of the assurances between the Ogilvys and Lindsays (ib. p. 492). Ogilvy died in 1605. On 24 Feb. 1606–7 the king, in a letter on ecclesiastical matters to the council, ordered that trial be taken of the ‘heinous offences’ committed at his burial, ‘wherein there was some superstitious ceremonies and rites used, as if the profession of Papistrie had been specially licensed and tolerated’ (Reg. P. C. Scotl. vii. 299).

By his wife Jean, eldest daughter of William, seventh Lord Forbes, Lord Ogilvy had six sons and a daughter. Among the sons were James, seventh lord, whose son James, first earl of Airlie [q. v.], is separately noticed; Sir John, to whom his father, on 13 March 1563–4, granted a charter of the lands of Kinloch; David, who had a charter of the lands of Lawton. The daughter, Margaret, was married to George Keith, fifth earl Marischal.

[The authorities mentioned in the text.]

T. F. H.


OGILVY, JAMES, first Earl of Airlie (1593?–1666), son of James, seventh lord Ogilvy, by his first wife, Lady Jean Ruthven, daughter of William, first earl of Gowrie, was born probably about 1593. His grandfather was James, sixth lord Ogilvy of Airlie [q. v.] He succeeded his father as eighth Lord Ogilvy about 1618. For his attachment to the royalist cause during the struggle between the court and the presbyterians, Charles I created him earl of Airlie by patent dated at York 2 April 1639, During the Scottish war he suffered severely, his estates being wasted and