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James Hogg and Sir Walter Scott

"Through William Laidlaw [Hogg] was also helping to provide assistance in collecting traditional ballads for the third volume of Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1803), and in 1802 Laidlaw was instrumental in setting up a meeting in Ettrick between Hogg and Scott. A friendship developed that was to last until Scott's death in 1832" (ODNB). Scott encouraged Hogg to publish The Mountain Bard and The Shepherd's Guide in 1807.