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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 Englishmarker philanthropist, remembered primarily as the founder of the institution now known as the University of Westminstermarker.

Early life

Hogg, the seventh son of Sir James Hogg, 1st Baronet, was born and spent most of his life in Londonmarker. He was educated at Eton Collegemarker, where he was known as "Piggy Hogg". He showed strong religious convictions and held prayer meetings; he was also a prominent rifle volunteer. Hogg was an accomplished sportsman and along with many Etonians he was a pioneer of Association Football. He made 31 appearances for Wanderers F.C. (winners of the first F.A. Cup) between the 1865-66 and the 1870-71 seasons. He twice represented Scotland versus England in the unofficial internationals of 1870 and 1871.

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 Strandmarker in central London, for a boys' school, initially a day school, which subsequently began to open in the evenings.
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 Westminstermarker. It is the largest provider of adult education in London, and its headquarters are still at the same location on Regent Streetmarker.


Quintin Hogg also served as alderman of the first London County Council, encouraging the founding of other polytechnics, or, as they were known then, working men's (or mechanics') institutes.

He married Alice Anna Graham, daughter of William Graham, on 16 May 1871 in the St George Hanover Square area. They had at least two sons and two daughters:

Hogg was the grandfather of Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone.

He died in 1903.

Aside from the university, Hogg is commemorated by a Caribbeanmarker island (Hogg Island in Guyanamarker), a sports team (Middlesex league QUINTIN Rugby Football Club), the statue depicted above, and a Blue Plaque on the house he occupied for many years, which abuts the university but faces onto Cavendish Squaremarker.


  1. University of Westminster archives

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