Three Logie’s ~ British Military Leaders

My 4th great granduncle, William Logie, was a Lt. Colonel Commandant in the British military in India.  He arrived there on 2 Feb 1798 and was soon promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 9 Aug 1798.

Over the course of the next twenty five years, he advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Commandant on 22 Cot 1824.  His military career took him to Egypt, Bengal, Bundelkhand, Alwar, Nepal, Chanda and finally to Saugor, India.

On 29 Aug 1807, William married Elizabeth Sophia Arnold, the daughter of Sir John Arnold, Major General in the Army and his wife Bebed Mehtaub in Cawnpore, Bengal.

William and Elizabeth had five children, Sophia born 1809 in Moray, Scotland, Charles Arnold born 1812 in Moray, Scotland, Charlotte born 1818 in India, Cosmo Gordon, later a Surgeon General in the British Army, born 1821 in Moray, Scotland and Marian born 1824 in Moray, Scotland.

He was born on 10 Aug 1782 at Boat O’ Bog, Moray, Scotland to Major James Logie and his wife, Elizabeth Gordon.  Major James Logie, like his sons, Alexander and William, served in the military in India.  He died on 23 May 1815 in Surat, India.

The oldest son in the family, Major Alexander Mathius Gordon Logie, died in India completing the loss of all three men in the family while serving military assignments for their mother country far away from the green fields of northern Scotland.

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Top right: Gordon Castle: birth location of Elizabeth Gordon Logie, mother of Major James Logie and Lt. Col. Commandant William Logie.

William’s will gives us some insight in to his life and preparedness for an early death based on years of witnessing them among his men.

Last Will and Testament

of William Logie, Lt. Col. Commandant

born: 1781 Redhall, Boat-of-Bog, Moray, Scotland

Film #510913  Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Country: India Presidency of: Bengal Testamentary Records Wills 1828 Parts 1 & 2

India Office Records Commonwealth Office

Charles Edward Grey Knight Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal

James Weir Ross, Registrar

(William Logie pp. 349-356)

p. 349 

Exhibit "A" referred to in the Affidavit of Charles Jackson Doveton, Sworn the First day of March 1828 before me.

signed:  Mark Carter Webber

I, William Logie, Lt. Col. Commandant Bengal Army do make this my last
Will and Testament.

I give and bequeath to my Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Logie of the town of Forchabers in North Britian, the Sum of 500 Pounds five hundred. In
the event of her death, this legacy is to he paid to my sister, Mrs. Ruxton, of the same place. 2nd I give and bequest my Gold Watch by Hare
with Key to Henry Ruxton Esq. Royal Navy my brother-in-law.

3rd The remainder of my Property, as well as any money Estate may become entitled to, I give and bequeth in equal shares to my five
children, Sophie, Charles Arnold, Charlotte, Cosmo, and Marian.

4th Finally I intreat of my dear friends Sir John Arnold KCB,

Lt. Colonel C. J. Doveton, Henry Cheape Esqre, Henry Huelane Esq, and my son-in-law S. A. Lyons to he executors to my Estate and Guardians  to my children.

Signed end sealed at Saugor on Saturday this fifth day of January

in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty-eight.

Fort William ) W. Logie ~–~

In Bengal )

p. 350

George the Fourth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Defender of the Faith and so forth to Captains William Henry Sleeman, William Aldous, and Francis  Rutledge all of Saugor in Bundelkurd and to Major Mark Webber of Sulerpore. We having great confidence in the love fidelity and Circumspect of you the said William Henry Sleeman William Aldous and Francis Rutledge do by these presents give you or either of you full power and authority to swear Lieutenant Colonel Charles Jackson Doveton, to the truth  of our affidavit and also to administer the Oath of an Executor to the said Charles Jackson Doveton Major General Sir John Arnold KCB and   Lieutenant S. A. Lyons of the Executors named in the last will and testament of William Logie as Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the thirty-fourth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry deceased the form of which oath is hereunto when you or either of you had administered the Oath aforesaid to the said Charles Jackson Doveton Sir John Arnold end S. A. Lyons then you or either of you are to return the same to our Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort Williams in Bengal under your hands and Seals, or the Hand and Seal of either of you without delay together with the original will herewith enclosed to you and this _____________. But before either you or either

p. 351

proceed to swear the said Charles Jackson Doveton Sir John Arnold and S. A. Lyons as aforesaid you or either of you are to take such Oath as is herein mentioned to the Oath for the _________ to take and you or either of you have full power to administer such Oath Witness Sir Charles Edward Grey Knight Chief Justice at Fort William aforesaid the fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight.

A. J. Hamilton J. WM. Hogg
      Proctor Registrar

The Execution of this Commission appears by a Certain Schedule hereunto annexed.

Fra Rutledge

Commr.

Mark Carter Webber

Commr.

The Commissioner’s Oath

I swear that I will truly faithfully and without partiality administer the Oath herein after mentioned to Charles Jackson Doveton and Sir John Arnold two of the Executors named in the last Will and testament of William Logie deceased.

So help me God.

Fra. Rutledge, Captain

38th Regt.

p. 352

The Executor’s Oath

You Swear that you believe this to be the last Will and testament of William Logie to be a Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the Thirty fourth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry deceased and that you are two of the Executors therein named and that you will faithfully execute the said will by paying debts of the said deceased so far as his effects will extend and the law oblige you, and that you will cause all the said effects to be appraised and make a true and perfect inventory and  the sums into the Honorable the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal within six months from this day and that you will likewise render a true and just account of this your Executorship and deliver the same unto the same Court on or before the First day of March which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.

Sworn at Saugor the first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight by the above named Charles Jackson Doveton and Sir John Arnold before me.  

signed: Fra: Rutledge

SO help you God

signed: J. A rnold Major. General

C. J. Doveton, Lt. Col.

38th Regt. N. I.

Commissioner’s Oath:

I swear that I will truly faithfully and without partiality administer the oath herein after mentioned to Samuel Athill Lyons of the Executors named in the last will and testament of William Logie deceased.

SO help me God.

Mark Carter Webber

p. 353

The Executor’s Oath

You swear that you believe this to be the last Will and Testament of William Logie a Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the thirty-fourth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry deceased and that you are one of the Executors therein named and that you will faithfully execute the said Will by paying debts and legacies of the said deceased so far as his Effects will extend, and the Law oblige you and that you will cause all the said Effects to be appraised and make a true and perfect inventory of them and exhibit the same unto the Honorable the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal within six months from this day and that you will likewise render a true and just account of this your Executorship and deliver the same unto the same Court on or before the First day of March which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.

Sworn at Saugor the first day ) So help you God
of March in the year of our Lord) Samuel Athill Lyons

                                                                          Lieut. 34 N.I.

one thousand eight hundred )
and twenty-eight by the above )
named S.A. Lyons Before me )
Mark Carter Webber
Comm.

In the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal Ecclesiastical File.

In the Goods of William Logie deceased.

p. 354

Charles Jackson Doveton a Lieutenant Colonel in the thirty-eighth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry at present stationed and residing at Saugor in Bundelaand maketh Oath and Saith that the paper writing herein ________ and marked with the letter "A" is as THE _______ verify believes the last Will and Testament of the above named William Logie late a Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the thirty-fourth Regiment of Bengel Native Infantry deceased and that he this DID WRITE THE SAID Will at the desire and from the dictation of the said Testator after reading it over did approve and Sign and Seal the same as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of this and this ‘FURTHER SAITH THAT THE SAID William Logie the Testator at the time of his so executing the said will was of sound mind and understanding and appeared perfectly to comprehend the contents thereof and the LASTLY SAITH THAT THE SAID William Logie who was in this lifetime a British subject hath lately departed this life at Sangor in the East Indies leaving Effects within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court to be administered.

Sworn the first day of) March 1828 before me )

signed:

Mark Carter Webber

C.J. Doveton, Lt. Col.  38th Regt. N. I.

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