Hogg, James, 1770-1835

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Birth 1770-12-09
Death 1835-11-21

Biographical notes:

James Hogg was born in Ettrick, Selkshire, Scotland in November 1770. Having received little formal education, Hogg taught himself to read and write in his late teens. He continued to work as a labourer and shepherd for twenty five years. Between 1794-1810 Hogg wrote songs which appeared in magazines and in two small collections. Determined to make a career as a professional writer, Hogg, aged 40, moved to Edinburgh in 1810. In Edinburgh, Hogg established a weekly paper entitled, The Spy but only managed to keep it going for a year and in 1813 he decided to return to writing poetry again. He died in 1835.

From the guide to the Hogg, James, c1800-1821, (Senate House Library, University of London)

Scottish poet.

From the description of Song : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript signed of the poem, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270484022

From the description of Autograph letter signed : 11 Waterloo Place [London], to John James Ruskin, 1832 Feb. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871028

Epithet: the Ettrick Shepherd

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000862.0x00003b

Scottish poet, known as the "Ettrick Shepherd."

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to his published (John Murray?), 1816 Mar. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270467826

John Ballantyne was Hogg's friend, literary agent, and one of his publishers.

From the description of James Hogg autograph letter signed to John [Ballantyne], Altrive Lake, 1816 Dec. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754865319


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