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George Hogg

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.



The History of Hawick Lodge 111 PM A. Burgon. 1994

Hawick's Prominent Men in Victorian Days. - James Edgar.


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