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Charles Rogers


Charles Rogers LLD,  (1825-1890) Scottish author. Born in Denino, Fife, 18 April 1825, was the only son of James Rogers (1767-1849), the local minister, and his wife Jane Haldane. He was educated at Denino parish school, and the University of St. Andrews, matriculating in 1839. Licensed by the presbytery of St Andrews in June 1846, he was employed in the capacity of assistant successively at Western Anstruther, Kinglassie, Abbotshall, Dunfermline, Ballingry, and Carnoustie. Subsequently he opened a preaching station at the Bridge of Allan, and from January 1855 until 11 Aug. 1863 was chaplain of the garrison at Stirling Castle. In 1855 he inaugurated at Stirling a short-lived Scottish Literary Institute. In 1862 he opened the British Christian Institute, for the dissemination of religious tracts, especially to soldiers and sailors, and in connection with it he issued a weekly paper, called `The Workman's Friend,' and afterwards monthly serials, `The Briton' and `The Recorder;' but the scheme collapsed in 1863. In 1863 he founded and edited a newspaper, `The Stirling Gazette,' but its career was brief. These schemes involved Rogers in much contention and litigation, and he imagined himself the victim of misrepresentation and persecution. To escape his calumniators he resigned his chaplaincy in 1863, went to England, and thenceforth devoted himself to literary work. Rogers's earliest literary efforts in London were journalistic, but his chief interest was Scottish history, literature, and genealogy.

We've extracted a chapter from his book "A Week at Bridge of Allan" to give you both an example of his writing and also a good write up on Bridge of Allan itself.

CHARLES ROGER/ROGERS LL.D.

Charles Roger [later Charles Rogers LLD], (1825-1890) Scottish author, was born Charles ROGER in Denino, Fife, 18 April 1825, as the only son of James Roger (1767-1849), the local minister, and his wife Jane Haldane.

JAMES ROGER
Spouse: JANE HALDANE
Marriage: 12 JAN 1823 Dunino, Fife, Scotland
Extracted marriage from Old Parochial Record for locality listed in the record.

CHARLES ROGER
Birth: 18 APR 1825
Christening: 24 APR 1825 Dunino, Fife, Scotland
Father: JAMES ROGER
Mother: JANE ROGER
Extracted birth and christening from Old Parochial Record for the locality listed in the record.

Charles was educated at Denino parish school, and the University of St. Andrews, matriculating in 1839. Licensed by the presbytery of St Andrews in June 1846, he was employed in the capacity of assistant successively at Western Anstruther, Kinglassie, Abbotshall, Dunfermline, Ballingry, and Carnoustie. Subsequently he opened a preaching station at Bridge of Allan. Here he married in 1854.

1851 Scotland Census
Name: Charles Roger
Age: 25
Birth year: 1825
Relationship: Head
Gender: Male
Where born: Dunino, Fifeshire
Parish Number: 408
Civil parish: Ballingry
County: Fife
Address: Chapel House
Occupation: Assistant To The Minister Of The Parish Of Ballingry

CHARLES RODGERS
Spouse: ISABELLA BAIN
Banns: 06 DEC 1854 St. Andrews And St. Leonards, Fife, Scotland
Extracted from Old Parochial Record for the locality listed in the record.

CHARLES ROGERS
Spouse: ISABELLA BAIN
Banns and Marriage: 08 DEC 1854 Logie, Perth, Scotland
Extracted from Old Parochial Record for the locality listed in the record.

From January 1855 until 11 Aug. 1863 he was chaplain of the garrison at Stirling Castle. In 1855 he inaugurated at Stirling a short-lived Scottish Literary Institute.

1861 Scotland Census
Name: Charles Rogers
Age: 35
Birth year: 1825
Relationship: Head
Gender: Male
Where born: Dunino, Fifeshire
Registration Number: 490
Registration district: Stirling
Civil parish: Stirling
Town: Stirling
County: Stirlingshire
Occupation: Chaplain Stirling Castle
Household Members: Name Age
Charles Rogers 35 b. Dunino
Elizabeth Dick 56 Visitor Gentlewoman b. Marykirk
Ann Hennesy 27 Servant b. Ireland
Elizabeth Turner 16 Servant b. Stirling

In 1862 he opened the British Christian Institute, for the dissemination of religious tracts, especially to soldiers and sailors, and in connection with it he issued a weekly paper, called `The Workman's Friend,' and afterwards monthly serials, `The Briton' and `The Recorder;' but the scheme collapsed in 1863. In 1863 he founded and edited a newspaper, `The Stirling Gazette,' but its career was brief. These schemes involved Rogers in much contention and litigation, and he imagined himself the victim of misrepresentation and persecution. To escape his calumniators he resigned his chaplaincy in 1863, went to England, and thenceforth devoted himself to literary work. Roger/Rogers' earliest literary efforts in London were journalistic, but, until his death in Edinburgh in 1890, his chief interest was Scottish history, literature, and genealogy.



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