William McGhie of Balmaghie

William McGhie

Alias: 

McGhie of Balmaghie
Secretary to the Hunters

Biography: 

Son of John McGhie of Balmaghie and Isabel Gordon. A cousin of the 8th Viscount Kenmure.1 Cloth-merchant in Edinburgh and Secretary to The Society of Hunters (a racing club). "A good-natured man, who has no aversion to be a butt [of a joke], although he takes care to have a good premium for every arrow that he receives".2

  • 1. Boswell states that McGhie was a cousin of Lord Kenmure's. Lord Kenmure's father had a sister, Isabel, who married a John McGhie of Balmaghie.
  • 2. According to Boswell in his Harvest Journal, September 16, 1762

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell met McGhie at Lord Kenmure's on September 16, 1762.