Quintin Hogg (merchant)

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For the cabinet minister, see Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

Quintin Hogg (14 February 1845 – 17 January 1903) was an English philanthropist, remembered primarily as a benefactor of the Royal Polytechnic institution at Regent Street, London now known as the University of Westminster.


Early life

Hogg, the seventh son of Sir James Hogg, 1st Baronet, was born and spent most of his life in London. He was educated at Eton College, where he was known as "Piggy Hogg". Hogg was an accomplished sportsman and along with many Etonians he was a pioneer of Association Football. Whilst at Eton, he won the Eton Fives, was keeper of fives and in the shooting XI, as well as being a member of the Wall and Field football XIs.[1] He showed strong religious convictions and held prayer meetings; he was also a prominent rifle volunteer.

He made 31 appearances for Wanderers F.C. (winners of the first F.A. Cup) between the 1865–66 and the 1870–71 seasons.[1] He twice represented Scotland versus England in the unofficial internationals of 1870 and 1871.[1] He captained the Old Etonians for seven years, during which he was never on the losing side.[1]

He became involved in trade, particularly the commodities of tea and sugar. As a senior partner in a firm of tea merchants, he modernized sugar production in Demerara. While in Demerara he played two first-class cricket matches for the colony.

Educational reform

Having made his fortune, he became concerned with Christian-motivated philanthropy. London at the time suffered from social conditions now summarised in the single word "Dickensian". Hogg turned his energy to educational reform: in 1864 he founded York Place Ragged School. With Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (1847-1923, later 11th Baron Kinnaird), he rented rooms in York Place (formerly Of Alley), off The Strand in central London, for a boys' school, initially a day school, which subsequently began to open in the evenings.[2] In 1882, he founded the Young Men's Christian Institute, which was renamed the Regent Street Polytechnic (incorporating the Royal Polytechnic Institution). Regent Street Polytechnic was later part of London Polytechnic and is now the University of Westminster. It is the largest provider of adult education in London, and its headquarters are still at the same location on Regent Street.

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