James Hogg lived from 1770 to 21 November 1835. Commonly referred to as
"The Ettrick Shepherd", he was a poet and novelist who wrote in both Scots
and English and who became one of the most unlikely literary figures
ever to emerge from Scotland.
Hogg was born in 1770 into a poor farming family and left school at the age of seven,
after only six months' education, following the bancrupcy of his father.
He worked from that age initially as a cowherd and later as a shepherd.
However, he managed in these difficult circumstances to teach himself
to read and write and to play the violin. Subsequently, he wrote poems
and books which were to become popular. He became friendly with
Sir Walter Scott and, by the time of his death in 1835, his works were
as popular as those of Robert Burns. In fact, in 1832 he had been offered
a knighthood by King George IV but had declined it.
This monument to James Hogg stands alone in the Scottish Borders,
overlooking St. Mary's Loch.
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