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Sir Angus Ogilvy


1928 - 2004

Noble and businessman. Born at Cortachy Castle (Angus), the second son of the Earl of Airlie, Ogilvy was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford. National Service in the Scots Guards took him to Malaysia in the late 1940s. Thereafter he pursued a varied and successful career in business in the City of London, becoming a Director of several companies by the time he was 30.

Having proposed at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's residence at Birkhall on Royal Deeside, he married Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1963 at Westminster Abbey.

In the 1970s Ogilvy was criticised for his role as a Director of 'Tiny' Rowland's controversial company Lonrho and its activities in Rhodesia. Although later exonerated from any blame, his health suffered and he was left with large legal bills. In later life, Ogilvy became involved with a large number of charities. He was also a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen's bodyguard in Scotland, was knighted in 1989 and appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1997.

A chain smoker, he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and died in hospital in London two years later.


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