Sarah Morley

Sarah, 25 years old, wealthy, and orphaned, married Captain William Ogilvy, a sea captain with a glorious career, less than three weeks after his return to England. They lived in elegant style in Angus then in 1819 William inherited a Baronetcy. She spent 30 years as a widow, but well provided-for and with numerous descendents.

Lived
19 May 1776 (3) - 1854
Origin
Bombay. After their parents' death the Morleys may have stayed near Winchester where their parents were buried.
Father
James Morley of Kempshott (see Maria Morley for his biography). Sarah was his eldest daughter.
Mother
Sarah Richardson, born 1756 in Gloucestershire then went to Surat, India, where she married in 1775 (3)
Wealth at death
She didn't own any of her own wealth but held considerable amounts in liferent including land in Scotland and England and a navy pension. Although she didn't make a formal will, she did record her requests:
Not having any money to bequeath I have no will to make, only to express my wishes in regard to some things I possess. My jewels and trinkets I have already given to my dear daughter Charlotte and all my India shawls and the contents of my wardrobe are naturally to be hers. Between her and my dear son Walter my plate and linens I wish divided, and my dinner and dessert set, leaving to themselves to decide which shall have the dinner, and which the dessert set. If it should please God that my dear son Alexander Charles recovers so as again to enter into the world I am sure his sister and brother Walter will each give him a small part of the plate ... I trust I may have money enough to defray the expenses of my funeral, which it is my warmest wish may be conducted as privately and with as little expense as possible, and that I may be buried at the place where I may die.
Story
In 1804 Lachlan MacQuarie spent two days with the Ogilvies on their estate of Lindertis, which he recorded in his diary:
7 Aug. Reached Lindertis at 4 o'clock in the afternoon ... I found Capt and Mrs Ogilvy and my two sisters at Home. -- They were all extremely happy to see me, and Capt and Mrs Ogilvy gave a most kind and hearty welcome on my arrival at their House. -- As soon as the Ladies had dressed, we took a short walk through the grounds, and returned to Dinner at 6 O'Clock. -- We had a charming sociable Family Party.
      8 Aug. We breakfasted at 9 o'clock, and I was prevailed upon by the Ladies to stay all this day with them at Lindertis. After breakfast I accompanied Capt. and Mrs Ogilvy and Mrs Scott in the chariot to pay a visit in the neighbourhood ... [We] returned to Lindertis, where we arrived about 3 o'clock, after a very pleasant Ride. After dressing, we all walked out in the Garden, and through the grounds, for about an hour, and then returned home to a most excellent Dinner. We passed the remainder of the Evening cheerfully and sociably; and as I had determined to take my departure very early next morning, I took leave of the Ladies and my kind Host at Breaking up from Supper. (6)
Chapel connection
1803 (baptism)
Married on
24 May 1802 (4)
Spouse
William Ogilvy
Children
John (17 March 1803 (1), 9th Baronet of Inverquharity, MP for Dundee 1857-74), Charlotte (died at 25 Walker Street in 1897), Walter, Alexander Charles
Related to
Maria Morley, sister

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3) It appears in the registers as if John were born in March 1802 before the wedding, but 1803 is substantiated by newspaper evidence. The registers were in some disarray at this point.
  2. Christopher Golding, Kempshott Park (online, accessed 24 October 2011)
  3. 'James Morley' on Wikitree (not always reliable but it is based on Indian registers)
  4. Hampshire Telegraph 31 May 1802 'Married. On Monday, at Mary-le-bone, London, Capt. Ogilvy, of the Navy, to Miss Morley, eldest daughter of the late James Morley Esq.'
  5. John Milner, Antiquities of Winchester (James Robbins, London, 1838) vol.1 p.122
  6. 'Journal, August 1804', in Lachlan and Elizabeth MacQuarie Archive (online, accessed 26 October 2011)
  7. Peter Beauclerk Dewar, Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain: The Kingdom in Scotland 19th edition (Burke's Peerage and Gentry, London 2001) p.1119

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