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Where did the Scottish Pogue family come from? When did the Pogue family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pogue family history?

The name Pogue was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Pogue to use this name no doubt lived at Pollok (Gaelic:Pollag), a large district on the south-western side of the city of Glasgow, home to Crookston Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots, was once held. The name of the town has Gaelic origins, from the word 'poll', meaning "pool" or "pit".

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Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Pogue has been spelled Pollock, Pollocke, Polk, Polke, Pollok, Pollick, Polloch, Pook, Pooke, Poock, Pogue, Poag, Poage, Poague, Poak and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where the first occurrence of the name is Peter, son of Fulbert or Fulburt who was granted the lands of Upper Pollock by the High Steward, and who took the surname from the lands, making him the first Pollock. Peter gave the church of Pulloc and its pertinents to the monastery of Paisley, sometime between 1177 and 1199. Within that same period of time, he also confirmed the charter of his brother Helias of Perthic to the same house. Peter also possessed lands in Moray and circa 1175, he witnessed the charter by William the Lion granting Burgin to the Abbey of Kinlos. Circa 1230, Murial de Polloc, a daughter of Peter, gifted her land of Inuerorkel and all its pertinents for the benefit of the hospital erected beside the bridge of Spey for the reception of travelers. Continuing this pattern of generosity, Robert de Pollok granted to the monastery of Paisley, during the reign of Alexander II, alms of twelve pennies a year from the rents he earned from his lands. Other important Pollocks include John Pollok who was both steward of the Abbey of Arbroath and sheriff of Forfar.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pogue research. Another 300 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1272, 1590, 1603, and 1827 are included under the topic Early Pogue History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pogue Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pogue family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 300 words(21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Pogue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Pogue, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Pogue, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Philip and James Pogue settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866 and 1876 respectively
  • Saul F. Pogue, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
  • J. M. Pogue, aged 29, who emigrated to America, in 1897


Pogue Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Jane Pogue, aged 23, who landed in America from Cavan, in 1903
  • Abram Pogue, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Costelrell, Ireland, in 1906
  • Fanny Pogue, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Hohill, Ireland, in 1908
  • Mary Anne Pogue, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • Matilda Elizabeth Pogue, aged 23, who landed in America from Hohill, Ireland, in 1908


Pogue Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Pogue, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

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  • Colonel (USAF Ret.) William Reid Pogue (1930-2014), former NASA astronaut with over 84 days in space aboard Skylab 4
  • David Pogue (b. 1963), American technology writer, technology columnist and commentator
  • Forrest Carlisle Pogue Jr. (1912-1996), official United States Army historian during World War II
  • Alan Pogue (b. 1946), American photojournalist
  • Lloyd Welch Pogue (1899-2003), American pioneering aviation attorney and Chairman of the old Civil Aeronautics Board
  • Harold Pogue (1893-1969), American football player and businessman
  • Ken Pogue (b. 1934), Canadian actor
  • Charles Nelson Pogue (1897-1985), Canadian mechanic and inventor


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  • Pogue, Pollock, Polk Genealogy: as Mirrored in history, form Scotland to Northern Ireland/Ulster, Ohio, and Westward by Lloyd Welch Pogue.
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