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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 (20)

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


Might have been better to depict him shepherding sheep.
Elizabeth Croston 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 Croston 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 Croston 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 Croston 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
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: OY! It is, Lisl!! And you are so right... It's good not to worry about communications from 5000 miles... only 5 inches if I want... and it's good that he can entertain me!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Oct 2014, 06:59
The boy done good then!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It seem so, and I'm appreciative that my cousin Sir Walter Scott would take him under his wing!
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.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Ginnie - we've no problem finding ways to occupy our time! smile Especially now that the weather is turning and we're trying to take advantage of every moment we don't have to wear hats and coats outside! smile!
  • 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.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Chad! I actually photographed the etching in the marble on the base of the statue - very nice isn't it!
Good post, Elizabeth. James's statue looks over a lovely place for sheep.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Mary! It is great isn't it!!
The statue has such a wonderful view Elizabeth! Very nice collage indeed.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't he lucky?! Forever more! thank you Richard!
He views a landscape full of inspiration
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Certainly - and it's a good thing for us!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Oct 2014, 10:56
He is hogging the valley view, your James Hogg.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - well there's a bench in front of him so all can enjoy it!
I like your collage Elizabeth! Good to hear of this remarkable man smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Martin! I'm glad you found this post interesting!
He certainly left his mark. Nice collage Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: He did, Janet! Thank you!
This is interesting Elizabeth, not a writer I'm at all familiar with.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Seems most aren't - I guess you have to be into Scottish poetry!
  • Alan
  • Merry England
  • 31 Oct 2014, 17:45
I know you have patience but lack of time I can well understand. I wondered about the "Ettrick Shepherd" title but understand he was born near Ettrick. I'm a bot of a philistine when it comes to literature and poetry so I will just gaze our across the view. I wonder where my statue will be erected? I do NOT want it anywhere near Scumsville wink
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I have infinite patience with most people, but NONE with technology! It should just WORK! Especially when I'm paying a premium price for it! smile
Well, Alan - where would you like us to erect your statue? Atop Scafell Pike?!
You know, of course, that the Scottish dialect is the result of King James bringing shipbuilders up from Tyneside smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ummmm.... what.... ????
I found this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geordie

And now I'm even more confused!
If....I...comment...really...slowly...will...that...help?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Actually.... yes.... thank... you... !!!!
Good combination of poetry and photo...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Larry!
Yes, I know of The Ettrick Shepherd and this area. He shares a remarkably similar path with John Clare, The Fenland Poet.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh I'm so glad you do! Now I'm going to have to look up John Clare... if my internet will allow...

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