I am interested in the question whether progress has been made on the possible connection between the philosopher David Hume and Barbara (Hume) Hoge.By a coincidence I am both a philosophy professor and a descendant of William and Barbara (Hume) Hoge.
Ed based his theory on a passage in Burke's Landed Gentry.One of my problems is that Burke has come out in multiple editions, and a couple of the ones that I have looked at are different from the edition that Ed was relying on.I wonder if the editions are to some extent different from one another.The ones I have seen came out in 1906 (where the relevant section is on p. 874) and 1939 (p. 1186).Here, anyway, are my questions:
(1) What is the source for the claim that Joseph Hume, father of the philosopher David Hume, had two wives?I don't see this in Burke.Is the source some other book on the Hume family?
(2) What is the source for the claim that David Hume's father had children by his first wife?If this also in some other book on the Hume family?
(3) Is there any documentary evidence that the half-sister of David Hume was Barbara (Hume) Hoge, or is this idea based simply on the supposition that one of Joseph Hume's children by his first wife might have been identical with the Barbara Hume who married William Hoge?
(4) I notice what seems to me to be a discrepancy, but maybe I'm reading Burke wrong.In the 1906 edition I read that Joseph and Catherine (Falconer) Home (or Hume) had three children, John (Joseph's heir), David (the philosopher), and Katherine.Clearly, John was the oldest, and this is supported by David Hume's autobiographical statement, "My Own Life," where he states that his older brother received the family inheritance.Now, it is known that David was born in 1711.On the other hand, when I read further in Burke, I find the claim that John (the elder) was born in 1724.(He is the one who married Agnes Carre; at least, this is how I read it.)But if John was born in 1724, he wouldn't have been older than David.John's date of birth must be wrong in the 1906 edition.Does this seem right to you?
Later this summer I will be visiting a friend in Boston, where I will have the opportunity to spend a day or two in the library of NEHGS, so I would be very grateful if you could get back to me on this fairly soon.