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Norman Leslie Bogie

Norman Leslie Bogie was born in Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland in the August 1853. He was the son of Joseph Bogie and Jane Sutherland.

Norman first appears on the 1861 census whilst living with aunts at Goslpie Tower Tiled House, Golspie. Living with another aunt by the time of the 1871 census, he was living on Main Street, Golspie and was described as a cabinet maker.

On 2 August 1877 he entered military service with the infantry at Edinburgh.  He gave his occupation as Waiter.

Norman was married around 1886 to Jessie Mathieson (b. 1856 in Sutherland, Scotland) and the couple would have a total of five children, three of whom lived past infancy. Their known children were: Jessie Ann (b. 1887), John Alexander Mathieson (b. 1891), Henrietta (1894-1907) and Robert Leslie (b. 1896).

On the 1891 census of Scotland Norman, his wife and first child were living at 20 Russell Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute and he was described as a steward in the civil service. The family moved to Shirley, Southampton sometime after 1896 and appear on the 1901 England census living at 8 York Road, Shirley. Norman was by now described as a sea steward. By the time of the 1911 census the family were still resident in Hampshire, now at 130 The Crescent, Eastleigh although Norman was absent, most likely at sea.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Bogie  gave his address as 130 Crescent, Eastleigh (Hampshire). His last ship had been the Kildonan Castle. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

Norman Bogie died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#274) and he was buried at Fairview Cemtery, Halifax,  Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.

Titanic Grave 274
© Bill Fowler, Canada


CLOTHING - Blue suit; no vest; pajamas and drawers, "L. B."

EFFECTS - Keys for second state room; corkscrew; knife; tobacco pouch; two shillings.



His widow never remarried and died in Southampton in 1919 aged 63.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Norman Leslie Bogie
Age: 59 years (Male)
Nationality: Scottish
Marital Status: Married to Jessie Mathieson
Last Residence: at 130 Crescent Eastleigh, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Kildonan Castle
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 274)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Wednesday 8th May 1912

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White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. (#274)
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
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  1. johnb

    johnb said:

    Victim #274 was initially unidentified but his age was estimated at 25 years. At some later point victim #274 was identified as being Norman Leslie BOGIE / Leslie Norman BOGIE. Norman Leslie BOGIE was born 31st August 1853 making him 58 years old at the time of the sinking. How could the medical examiner have been so wrong (if he was wrong)? Various on-line blurbs put the age anywhere between 25 and 59 - obviously depending on whether the writer started from the body or the man. Can anyone shed any light on this?

  2. Kyle Naber

    Kyle Naber said:

    I wonder if the extreme exposure to the cold would have altered his appearance dramatically.

  3. johnb

    johnb said:

    Thank you Kyle. I suppose I'm just going to have to accept that tho' I can't help but have doubts about the identification.

  4. johnb

    johnb said:

    Is there any way to find out when, how and by whom identification was made? By way of explanation, I am an amateur genealogist researching everyone with the BOGIE surname.

  5. Kyle Naber

    Kyle Naber said:

    I'm no expert on this topic. Is anyone else able to add in their two cents?

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