JOPLING. Captain Henry Montague Hozier. "Lloyds."
Original lithograph from the 'Vanity Fair' series, published February 10, 1883. 400 x 270 mm.
Mr. James Hozier of Mauldslie Castle and Newlands, Lanarkshire, a Scottish Advocate and the proprietor of much land round Glasgow, was blessed five-and-forty years ago, along with his wife, Catherine Margaret, daughter of Sir William Feilden, 1st Baronet, with a son. This son was Henry Montague Hozier. He was educated at Rugby, got into the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich by open competition at eighteen, and, having declined the Royal Engineers, was appointed to the Royal Artillery at nineteen. Having served in China with this arm, and there tried the new rifled guns, he was transferred in 1860 to the 2nd Life Guards. Being however an able and ambitious man, a career of unadulterated Household Cavalry did not please him; so he passed into and out of the Staff College at the head of the list, and thenceforth was held to be destined for high things. Meantime he hunted much, rode steeplechases occasionally, and seized every opportunity of seeing active service.
In 1864 he acted as Times correspondent in the war between Denmark and Germany; two years later he attended the war between Prussia and Austria in the same capacity; and after this he was attached to the Intelligence Department of the Horse Guards, where he remained for six years. In the Abyssinian Campaign he was Assistant Military Secretary to Lord Napier of Magdala; and when the Franco-German War broke out, he was appointed as Assistant British Military Attaché to watch the struggle. His prospects of promotion, however, being damaged by the abolition of purchase, he left the Army, and in 1874 became the Secretary of Lloyd’s, which he still remains. Under his guidance Lloyd’s has become an organization unequalled in the world for the collection and distribution of marine information, and it is daily progressing, not now with the mere idea of saving property, but also with the higher motive of rescuing life from the perils of the sea. Captain Hozier is an extremely able, highly energetic, and very popular man. Four years ago he married Lady Blanche Ogilvie, the daughter of the Lord Airlie. He gives excellent dinners.