Provost of Hawick
George HOGG, hosiery
manufacturer, was for a number of years senior partner of the firm
George HOGG & Sons, Millbank. He was the eldest son of George HOGG
who in 1863 took over the hosiery branch of William Watson & Sons
business at Underdamside, when they relinquished that branch and
confined themselves entirely to the manufacture of tweeds. Mr
HOGG for many years been manager of the hosiery department.
George HOGG, entered the
Town Council in 1886 and two years later was elected magistrate. On
Provost Milligan retiring from civic life in 1890, three candidates
were proposed for the Provostship. viz., Bailie Morrison, Bailie
HOGG and Councillor Charles John Wilson. Bailie Morrison was the
nominee of the Liberals, the other two being Liberal-Unionists. The
voting was on strictly party lines. Mr Wilson had the lowest number
of votes, and on a final vote between Bailie Morrison and Bailie
HOGG the latter was elected. During Provost HOGG's three years'
tenure of office no very important municipal scheme was undertaken,
but into all the multifarious routine work of the council the
Provost with much energy and enthusiasm, and earned the confidence,
respect and goodwill of his colleagues. Mr HOGG was for many years a
member of Hawick Parish Council, and of the Combination Poorhouse
Committee. Reared in the old East Ena Burgher congregation, Mr HOGG
was a pronounced Voluntary and warmly attached to East Bank Church,
of which he was an elder, and for some time president of the
congregation. In early life Mr HOGG was a Liberal in politics, but
after the Irish Home Rule Bill was introduced by Mr Gladstone he
became a Liberal-Unionist and an enthusiastic worker on behalf of
that party. He was a keen bowler and a member of the Hawick Bowling
Club, winning the Club's championship medal in 1889. Also interested
in cricket, he was seldom absent from the Hawick and Wilton ground
on match day. A Freemason, he was initiated into the mysteries of
the Craft in the Lodge Hawick No. 111 in 1872. In 1898 he was to
re-enter the Town Council when he was returned unopposed for South
High Street Ward.
After a brief illness, Mr
HOGG died on the 28th September,1900,aged 60 years.
History of Hawick Lodge 111 – PM A. Burgon. 1994
Men in Victorian Days. - James Edgar.