James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd - Memorial Volume, Being the Speeches Delivered on the Occasion of the Unveiling of the Memorial, Erected to Commemor Robert Borland

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James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd - Memorial Volume, Being the Speeches Delivered on the Occasion of the Unveiling of the Memorial, Erected to Commemor by Robert Borland
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JAMES HOGG The Ettrick Shepherd. MEMORIAL VOLUME. Being the Speeches delivered on the occasion of the Unveiling of the Memorial, erected to commemorate the Birthplace of JAMES HOGG, the Ettrick Shepherd, at Ettrickhall, on 28th June, 1898 - WithMoreJAMES HOGG The Ettrick Shepherd.

MEMORIAL VOLUME. Being the Speeches delivered on the occasion of the Unveiling of the Memorial, erected to commemorate the Birthplace of JAMES HOGG, the Ettrick Shepherd, at Ettrickhall, on 28th June, 1898 - With Introductory Sketch by R. BORLAND, F. S. A. Scot. Author of YARRO W IT S POETS A ND POETRY, l BORDERR AIDS A ND REIVERS, C . SELKIRK JAMES LEWIS, PUBLISHER. CONTENTS. ILLUSTRATIONS. MEDALLION . B . Frontispiece. MONUMEN AT T ST MARYS . B . Facingpage g LORDN APIER AN D ETTRICK ., l 27 UNVEILIN O G F MEMORIA A L T ETTRICKHAL .

L 11 43 MR THOMAUSS HER S 49 TIBBIES HIELSC OTTAGE 18 57 LORD T WEEDMOUTH I 9 President Border Counties Association 69 MONUMEN AT T ETTRICKHALL er 8 I JYO te. THE following speeches were delivered on the occasion of the unveiling of the Memorial erected to commemorate the birthplace of JAMES HOGG, the Ettrick Shepherd.

The brief sketch of his life is appended mainly for the benefit of those who may not have had an opportunity of reading Thomsons Life of the Poet, or Mrs Gardens Memorials of her Father. The publisher acknowledges his indebtedness to George Lewis Co. for the excellent report of the proceedings published in the Southern Reporter, and to Nicholas Dickson, Esq., editor of the Border Magazine, for some of the illustrations. It may be interesting to note that the chair occupied by Lord Napier on the occasion of the unveiling of the monument was one of the Ettrick Shepherds, and was lent by Mr Thomos Amos, Yarrow, whose mother was for a number of years a servant of HOGG.

THERE are few names in Scottish literary history better known than that of James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd. It is almost a hundred years agosince his first song, Donald Macdonald, was given to the world but the lapse of time has neither lessened the public interest in the man, nor seriously diminished the reputation of the poet. Hence the erection of a Monument, by the Edinburgh Border Counties Association, to commemorate the site of his birthplace, and which was unveiled by Lord Napier and Ettrick on the 28th July, has evoked considerable interest and enthusiasm among all classes of the community.

xis Birth. James Hogg was born at Ettrickhall, in the parish of Ettrick, in the year 1770. Unfortunately, it is impossible to fix the exact date of his birth. There was no Registration Act in those days, and birthdays in the case of ordinary mortals were seldom celebrated, so that it is hardly surprising that our poet, when he began to interest himself in the matter, should have had some difficulty in knowing when he first saw the light.

He was wont to affirm that he was born on the 25th of January, 1772. He may have been right as to the day and the month, but he was almost certainly wrong as to the year. In the Kirk Session Records of Ettrick his baptism is recorded as having taken place on the 9th December, 1770. But if he was born in January, it does seem strange that he was not baptised till the following December. His fathers house was within a few yards of the Manse, so that even if he had been a very delicate child - of which there is no evidence-there was no reason for his baptism being so long delayed.

It has been surmised that Hogg fixed on the 25th January as his natal day, because he had the ambition of becoming the successor of Burns, and perhaps thought that to be born on the same day was a favourable augury. Theremay not be much in the suggestion, though it is by no means incredible. Hoggs father was a shepherd, but shortly befork the birth of his distinguished son he leased the farm of Ettrickhall-a venture which unfortunately proved disastrous from a financial point of view. His ancestry, however, was by -no means common-place...



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