Paul Bogle

Paul Bogle (* 1815-1820; † October 1865 ) was a Baptist and a deacon in the area of ​​Morant Bay, Jamaica. In 1865, he led the Morant Bay Rebellion, by the end he was captured and executed. He is one of the seven national heroes of Jamaica, its full title is The Right Excellent Paul Bogle.


Bogle was born in the era of slavery, the official end he witnessed in 1834. However, the exemption did not bring the former slaves who hoped to improve their situation. Most lived in great poverty, without the financial resources that would allow them to participate in elections. Bogle, one of only 106 voters in Saint Thomas, helped the population and began to prepare a revolt. He was supported by his brother and the preacher James Maclaren. His neighbor, the wealthy George William Gordon, encouraged him and his fellow, even if he had to do with the uprising itself only slightly.

The revolt broke out on 11 October 1865 but was bloodily suppressed within a week of government troops. Bogle was arrested on October 24 and executed in the same month along with 353 other insurgents. At these events was the dismissal of the governor and thus an improvement of the living conditions in Jamaica.


Bogle is mentioned by several artists in their songs, including Bob Marley So Much Things To Say in the album Exodus.

Today, the Paul Bogle Foundation cares in Yallahs, St. Thomas, to his memory.