Patrick Ogilvie England Scotland

Biography of Patrick Ogilvie

GUAC athletics section 1932-3
GUAC athletics section 1932-3

Patrick Bruce Bine Ogilvie graduated BA from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1931 and the same year matriculated at the University of Glasgow as a doctoral researcher in botany. He pursued his research for two years without completing his PhD here.

Ogilvie was a talented athlete who competed in pole vault and long jump and was awarded Full Blues in 1932.

He was a leading pole vaulter of his day, winning the UK (AAA) Championship in 1932 and the Scottish championship for eight consecutive years, 1929–36 (1929–31 competing for the University of Cambridge; 1932 for Glasgow; and 1933–36 for Atalanta Club; he was joint champion in 1933 and 1936).

He broke the Scottish pole-vault record holder for the first time in June 1929 clearing 10ft 8in/3.25m and improved to 11ft 6in/3.50m before his long-term rival and Cambridge teammate, Bernard Babbington-Smith, cleared 12 feet/3.65m in July 1930. Ogilvie equalled Smith’s record in March 1931 and by July 1934 had increased the record height to 12ft 3 in/3.73m which remained the Scottish record until July 1950.

Ogilvie was selected to represent Scotland at the 1934 British Empire Games in London. There he finished in sixth place with a best height of 11ft 6 in/3.50m.

During World War Two Ogilvie served with the RAF, rising to rank of Group Captain. He was mentioned in despatches three times and was awarded the Companion, DSO, in March 1941, and DFC in January 1942. He died in December 1944 when his Spitfire went missing over the North Sea and is commemorated on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour and at Runnymead Memorial, Berkshire (panel 200).

Ogilvie was married twice: in April 1937 to Audrey Mellish Clark (d. December 1938); and in July 1939 to Pamela Lavender Bellairs with whom he had two daughters, Audrey (b. 1940) and Louisa (b. 1942).


Patrick Ogilvie
Born 1910.
Died 1944.
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: PhD student; Pilot (RAF)
English snippet: Patrick Ogilvie was a doctoral researcher in botany and talented athlete who was selected to represent Scotland at the 1934 British Empire Games where he competed in the pole vault.
Record last updated: 4th Jun 2014

Country Associations

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Scotland Scotland, Glasgow