The Very Reverend Robert Hogarth
January 15th 1785 - February 7th 1868

The brother of Bishop William Hogarth. Like him, he also rose to prominence in the Catholic church. Below, is a transcript of an article in 'The Northern Catholic Calendar' of 1869, which was a reprint of the obituary published in the Westmoreland Gazette.  At the time of its publication, Queen Victoria was 49 years old, William Gladstone was Prime minister, and General Grant was President of the United States.

Thanks are again due to Robin Gard, Diocesan Archivist of the Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, for sending me photocopied pages of this booklet.  It should be noted that the original booklet was in very poor condition, with pieces missing from the top of each page.  Where there was missing text, I have replaced it with a line of x's.


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The Very Rev. Robt. Hogarth was born in the county of Westmorland, on the 15th of January, 1785, in the very same mansion, Dodding Green, which was priviledged also to be the scene of his happy death. His parents were devout Catholics, who with their forefathers through ages of persecution had kept the faith, and who, like many of the small landholders in the county, had retained also the family possessions from times as remote as any of the noblest families in the land. Robert was the eldest of two brothers, both designed by Almighty God to be illustrious amongst the Catholic clergy of the North - one to be a model of every priestly virtue, the other, William, the younger brother, to be illustrious in the episcopy, the first Bishop of Hexham in the restored hierarchy of Hexham. They were both trained in early piety in their birth-place, by the combined efforts of their pious parents, and of the good priest, the Rev. Robert Johnson, who resided with them, and who was at that time incumbent of the mission. They both showed at an early age sure signs of a vocation to the ecclesiastical state, and it was determined to send them to College to be educated for the priesthood.

A few years previous, a small band of students and professors, the last remnants of that glorious seminary of English martyrs, Douay College, who had succeeded in making their escape from French prisons, had gathered together in the North of England, and taking advantage of a relaxation in the penal code, had opened a College at Crook Hall, in the county of Durham.  There were then not only no railways, but no stage coach had begun to run in the direction of the new establishment. The Rev. Mr. Wilkinson, then priest of Kendal, therefore took charge of the two candidates for the sacred ministry, and drove them himself from Dodding Green by Appleby, Stainmore and Barnard Castle, till after a journey of two or three days, they arrived at Crook Hall, in in the year 1795. There, and subsequently at the New College of St. Cuthbert's, at Ushaw, near Durham, which was opened in 1807, Robert Hogarth, with his brother William, pursued his studies, and was a model of diligence and good conduct. He had the honour, when discharging the duties of private tutor at Ushaw, to have for his pupils, two distinguished individuals, Dr, Youens and Dr, Newsham, who were afterwards in succession presidents of St. Cuthberts, and one still more illustrious, His Eminence Cardinal Wiseman, the first Archbishop of Westminster. Robert Hogarth was one of the first, if not the very first, that was ordained priest at Ushaw, on May 4th, in the year 1809, after having been thoroughly trained in solid learning and sound piety by Eyre and Lingard, and other noble inheritors of the glories of Douay.

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Skirlaugh, in the same county of York, in the vicinity xxxx
of the same distinguished Catholic family residing at Burton Constable, where he remained for thirty-nine years. It was not till the year 1861, that the Rev. Robert Hogarth, now nearly four score years of age, was appointed to the vacant mission at Dodding Green; returning in the sunset of his life, to the house which was honoured by his birth, and by the last seven years of his exemplary life, and now by his holy death.

On returning to Dodding Green, Mr. Hogarth was well aware that the days of his earthly pilgrimage were drawing to a close. On the last day of January, having the day before devoutly celebrated mass on the anniversary of the death of his Right Rev. Brother, he was prostrated by a stroke of paralysis, and saw at once the time had come when, like Holy Simeon, he was to depart in peace. He received most devoutly all the last rites of the Church, being attended to most assiduously by the kind pastor and good religious of the neighbouring town. During the seven days of his last illness, they watched almost continuously by his bedside, repeating the litanies and other prayers of the Church for the dying, until on Friday the 7th of February, at nine o'clock in the evening, without a struggle, and almost imperceptibly, he calmly expired.

- Westmoreland Gazette.

The Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle - Previous Bishops
Profile of Robert's brother, Bishop William Hogarth.
The Story of Dodding Green - abridged version
Visit Les Strong's 'Dodding Green' page.



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