Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Thomas Dudgeon's early career 1811-1840 (5)

Post 5

Thomas was 6 years old when the family moved to Glasgow in 1811. He would have then been formally educated in a local school until he was approximately 13. In those days, apprenticeships were normally commenced at around the age of 13. He would have then been indentured to a master house painter and decorator to complete a 7 or 8 year apprenticeship. Let's presume based on other artist's careers, that he served 6 years of indentures between 1811 and 1817, and then completed an 8 year apprenticeship until 1824 or 1825. It is inconclusive as to whom Thomas completed his apprenticeship with, however there are two possibilities, Michael Bogle of Bogle & Co. and Mr. Robert Craigs.

In 1829,  the Dilettante Society records Thomas Dudgeon's painting, The Dairymaid going to Market (No. 211) listed at the address of Mrs. Craigs, 95 Candleriggs, Glasgow. Post Office Directories  prior to 1829, list Mr. Robert Craig as a house painter and decorator from 1814-1824 at 42 Candleriggs.  As apprentices often resided with their Trades Master, it is possible that Thomas did his apprenticeship with Robert Craigs. The Post Office Directories listed Mrs. Craigs address from 1827-1829 as 95 Castleriggs Street, the only known address for Thomas in 1829, and presumably following the death of Mr. Craigs.

Thomas had a long association with Bogle & Co. Firstly with Michael Bogle and then upon his death with Hugh Bogle. His first official association with Michael Bogle & Co. appears in the Glasgow Post Office Directories with Thomas's employer and his house addresses from 1837-1840 listed as the following :

1837  at M. Bogle & Co’s, house 59 Renfrew Street.
1838  at M. Bogle & Co’s, house 3 West Russell Street.
1839  at M. Bogle & Co’s, house 118 Union Street.
1840  at M. Bogle & Co’s, house 118 Union Street.

"Thomas Dudgeon at one time worked for Michael Bogle as a painter - but was an illustrator of books printed by Thomas Dudgeon, his cousin, the printer." (Presnell, 1994) This is an excerpt from a Christmas letter written by Peggy (Black) Presnell, my mother's cousin, and also a keen family historian whose mother, Claire St. Clair DeLandelles (1898-1989) (Granny's daughter) passed down this family information confirming Thomas Dudgeon's association with Michael Bogle. It also describes Thomas as a book illustrator, of books printed by his cousin Thomas Dudgeon, whose father was the brother of Andrew Dudgeon, also named Thomas. Thank goodness for naming patterns in families, it makes life so much easier.

The Bogle Bankruptcy

SEQUESTRATION of HUGH BOGLE & COMPANY, Painters and Decorators in Glasgow, and of Hugh Bogle and David Haire, both Painters and Decorators there, the sole Partners of that Company, as such, and as Individuals. (The Edinburgh Gazette, March 7, 1865, p. 255). 

Hugh Bogle & Co. with Hugh Bogle, John B. Bennett and David Haire as directors dissolved the company on the 1st. of January 1856.  John B. Bennett continued to run the company until March 1865.  In 1865 sequestration was taking place and creditors were being informed of the full state of affairs and insolvency of the company. Thomas Dudgeon and two others were elected as  Commissioners to examine the bankrupts. Thomas acted as a Commissioner of proceedings for two years until 1867, when he resigned as a Commissioner. His resignation coincided with his departure to Ireland.

TO THE CREDITORS OF HUGH BOGLE & COMPANY , Painters and Decorators in Glasgow, and of Hugh Bogle and David Haire, both Painters and Decorators there, the sole Partners of that company, as such, and as Individuals. I, David McCubbin, Trustee on the said sequestrated estates, hereby call a meeting of the Creditors to be held in my Office, 93, West Regent Street, Glasgow, on Wednesday 27th February 1867, at 12 o'clock noon, for the purpose of electing a Commissioner, in room of Thomas Dudgeon, who has resigned. (The Edinburgh Gazette, February 19, 1967, p. 209).

Thomas is  now embarking on a new career in Ireland and this appears to be the end of his association with Hugh Bogle & Co. The next major influence on Thomas's career was his association with the Masonic Lodge.


  1. The Edinburgh Gazette, March 7, 1865.
  2. The Edinburgh Gazette, February 19, 1867.
  3. Presnell, Peggy (Black),1994. [Christmas Letter] to Hope Davison. 11th December, 1994.

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