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Ettrick Shepherd

 

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.

 

 

Please forgive my lack of comments... 

our internet has been incredibly slow -

apparently all the NAU students signed up

for the same service we have.

I just don't have the time or patience!

 

 

Ettrick Shepherd

 

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.

 

 

Please forgive my lack of comments... 

our internet has been incredibly slow -

apparently all the NAU students signed up

for the same service we have.

I just don't have the time or patience!

 

 

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Oct 2014, 01:32
Couch Potato with pen...


Might have been better to depict him shepherding sheep.
Elizabeth Buckalew: Nah.... wondering the fields, watching the flock, gazing down at paper every now and then when a verse came to him...
i love this collage Elizabeth... and the way that you presented his poems from the base of the sculpture...

James Hogg... "The Ettrick Shepherd" died exactly 110 years before i was bornsmile

it's nice that he has a loch to look at for eternity....petersmile
Elizabeth Buckalew: Thank you very much Peter!
What a coincidence that is, eh?!
Yes - I should think he'd be pleased!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands..................
  • 31 Oct 2014, 05:04
The statue has a beautiful view...
I think this surrounding is great for walking.
Elizabeth Buckalew: He does - and I think you're right!!
I'd forgotten this, Elizabeth, you made a nice collage of it, it was a nice place.
Elizabeth Buckalew: Thank you Frank! I liked that statue!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 31 Oct 2014, 06:16
This must be so frustrating for you, Elizabeth. A good thing that Frank is your side of the Atlantic
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Oct 2014, 06:59
The boy done good then!
Lisl is right about how fortunate it is that Frank is with you these days of slow internet! Good for you both. And good for (Sir) Hogg to have such a peaceful view, day in and day out.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 31 Oct 2014, 08:47
I do like the strong lettering on these sheets of paper ELizabeth, some great words too.
Good post, Elizabeth. James's statue looks over a lovely place for sheep.
The statue has such a wonderful view Elizabeth! Very nice collage indeed.
He views a landscape full of inspiration
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Oct 2014, 10:56
He is hogging the valley view, your James Hogg.
I like your collage Elizabeth! Good to hear of this remarkable man smile
He certainly left his mark. Nice collage Elizabeth

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