James Hogg


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"In the autumn of 1835 Hogg fell ill. Jaundice was diagnosed, and as the illness progressed it became clear that there was little hope of his recovery." (ODNB)

James Hogg's Publications

Title Publication Date Publisher Edition Other Editions Editor Collaborator Patron Subscription Description Key Subscribers Pages Call Number Dialect Language Digitized or Digital Editions Additional Notes
Winter Evening Tales, collected among the cottagers in the south of Scotland Oliver & Boyd, G. & W. B. Whittaker HathiTrust (Volume I), HathiTrust (Volume II)
Scottish Pastorals, Poems, Songs, &c., mostly written in the dialect of the south 1801 John Taylor Archive.org
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border: consisting of historical and romantic ballads, collected in the southern counties of Scotland; with a few of modern date, founded upon local tradition 1802 to 1803 Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst) 2 Archive.org: Vol. I (2nd Ed), Archive.org: Vol. II (2nd Ed), Archive.org: Vol. III (2nd Ed), Walter Scott Minstrelsy Project (2011-2014, first critical ed, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and University of Edinburgh)
The Mountain Bard; consisting of ballads and songs, founded on facts and legendary tales 1807 Archibald Constable & Co., John Murray Google Books
The Shepherd's Guide: Being a Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Sheep, Their Causes, and the Best Means of Preventing Them; with Observations on the Most Suitable Farm-Stocking for the Various Climates of this Country 1807 Archibald Constable & Co., John Murray Archive.org
The Forest Minstrel; A Selection of Songs, Adapted to the Most Favourite Scottish Airs. Few of them Ever Before Published. 1810 James Hogg Archive.org
The Queen's Wake: A Legendary Poem 1813 George Goldie, Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst) 2
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Google Books

This book-length narrative poem tells of the return of Mary, queen of Scots, to Scotland after her long sojourn in France. To welcome the young queen a poetic competition—described by Hogg as a ‘wake’—is held at Holyrood Palace among the minstrels of Scotland. The poem tells the story of this event, interspersed with the songs sung by the minstrels. The Queen's Wake was immediately recognized as a major achievement, with spice added by the circumstances of Hogg's background and upbringing. Indeed, George Goldie, the publisher of the poem, assured readers in the second edition (1813) that the work was ‘really and truly the production of James Hogg, a common shepherd, bred among the mountains of Ettrick Forest, who went to service when only seven years of age; and since that period has never received any education whatever’ (p. vi). (ODNB)

Pilgrims of the Sun 1815 John Murray, William Blackwood Google Books
Mador of the Moor 1816 William Blackwood, John Murray Archive.org
The Poetic Mirror; or, the Living Bards of Britain 1816 Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst), James Ballantyne & Co. Archive.org
Dramatic Tales 1816 Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst), John Ballantyne Google Books (Volume I)
The Brownie of Bodsbeck; and other tales 1817 William Blackwood, John Murray Google Books (Volume I), Google Books (Volume II)
The Jacobite relics of Scotland; being the songs, airs, and legends of the adherents to the House of Stuart 1819 to 1821 William Blackwood, Thomas Cadell Archive.org (Volume I), Archive.org (Volume II)

"Hogg's Jacobite Reliques is a two volume collection of songs related to the Jacobite risings, compiled by the Scottish poet and novelist James Hogg on commission from the Highland Society of London in 1817. Most of the songs in the collection are Jacobite, and a minority are Whig. A number of the songs were written or adapted by Robert Burns and scholars speculate as to how many of them were authored or at least substantially altered by Hogg himself." (Wikipedia)

The Poetical Works of James Hogg 1822 Archibald Constable & Co., Hurst, Robinson & Co. HathiTrust (Volume I), HathiTrust (Volume II), HathiTrust (Volume III), HathiTrust (Volume IV)
The Three Perils of Man: War, Women and Witchcraft. A Border Romance. 1822 Google Books
The three perils of woman: or, Love, leasing, and jealousy. A series of domestic Scottish tales 1823 Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst) HathiTrust (Volume I), HathiTrust (Volume II), HathiTrust (Volume III)
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner 1824 Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst) British Library
Queen Hynde. A Poem, in Six Books. 1824 Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst), William Blackwood Google Books
The Shepherd's Calendar 1829 William Blackwood, Thomas Cadell Archive.org (Volume I), Archive.org (Volume II)
Songs, by The Ettrick Shepherd 1831 William Blackwood, Thomas Cadell Archive.org
A Queer Book 1832 William Blackwood, Thomas Cadell Google Books
Altrive Tales: Collected Among the Peasantry of Scotland, and from Foreign Adventures 1832 James Cochrane HathiTrust

This is volume 1 of a planned series of prose works, but no more were published

Familiar Anecdotes of Sir Walter Scott 1834 Harper HathiTrust
A Series of Lay Sermons on Good Principles and Good Breeding 1834 James Fraser Archive.org
Tales of the Wars of Montrose 1835 James Cochrane Archive.org (Volume I), Archive.org (Volume II), Archive.org (Volume III)

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John Leyden addressed in writing by James Hogg

"James Hogg bewailed his loss of the poet's [Leyden's] 'glowing measure" (ODNB).

Thomas Pringle corresponded with, collaborated with James Hogg

Pringle published poems by and corresponded with James Hogg when he co-edited the Edinburgh Monthly Magazine, the short-lived predecessor to the famous Blackwoods Magazine.

Allan Cunningham friends with James Hogg

Cunningham and Hogg were friends, and Hogg's ‘Sixteenth Bard’ in his portmanteau poem The Queen’s Wake (1812) is said to be based on Cunningham.

Robert Southey addressed writing to, corresponded with James Hogg

Several letters between Hogg and Southey are available at Romantic Circles in The Collected Letters of Robert Southey.

Hogg wrote poetic parodies of major poets (including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Scott, Wilson, Southey, and himself) in The Poetic Mirror (1816) (ODNB; Murray, 1904, p. 116).

James Hogg addressed writing to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Hogg wrote poetic parodies of major poets (including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Scott, Wilson, Southey, and himself) in The Poetic Mirror (1816). (ODNB; Murray, 1904, p. 116)

William Wordsworth addressed writing to, addressed in writing by, mutual influence James Hogg

"Wordsworth's 1835 'Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg', written in the year of [Hogg's] death, includes the lines:
'The mighty Minstrel breathes no longer,
'Mid mouldering ruins low he lies;
And death upon the braes of Yarrow,
Has closed the Shepherd-poet's eyes.'
This eulogy notwithstanding, Wordsworth's notes state 'He was undoubtedly a man of original genius, but of coarse manners and low and offensive opinions.' " (Wikipedia)

Hogg wrote poetic parodies of major poets (including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Scott, Wilson, Southey, and himself) in The Poetic Mirror (1816). (ODNB; Murray, 1904, p. 116)

James Hogg friends with, supported by, addressed writing to, corresponded with, wrote about 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.

"As a rival of Scott and Byron among the fashionable poets of the 1810s he produced a formidable output in the years following the publication of The Queen's Wake. The third edition of that poem (1814) contains important revisions and was followed in 1815 by Pilgrims of the Sun, dedicated to Byron. Two new volumes followed in 1816: Mador of the Moor, which echoes and interrogates Scott's Lady of the Lake; and The Poetic Mirror, a volume of Hogg's brilliant and well-received poetic parodies (of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Scott, Hogg, and others [Southey, Wilson])" (ODNB).

Hogg published Familiar Anecdotes of Sir Walter Scott (1834) after Scott's death.

See also: "Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg" (walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk)

James Hogg read, influenced by Robert Burns

"For much of his life Hogg believed that he was born on 25 January 1772. He took great pride in sharing the birthday of Robert Burns; indeed there is much evidence that he saw his life's work in terms of being Burns's successor. However, the parish register of Ettrick records Hogg's baptism at Ettrick church on 9 December 1770, a fact that he discovered with disappointment during his later years" (ODNB).

"After the failure of the projected move to Harris in 1804, Hogg obtained work as a shepherd in Dumfriesshire, in south-west Scotland, an area in which Burns had spent the final years of his life. Indeed, while living in Dumfriesshire, Hogg made the acquaintance of Jean Armour, Burns's widow" (ODNB).

"Like Burns, Hogg questioned and subverted aspects of the Scottish Enlightenment, and created a space in which the allegedly ‘marginal’ and ‘primitive’ culture of the old Scottish peasantry could speak with eloquence and power. Like Burns, Macpherson, and Scott, Hogg made a distinctive Scottish contribution to European Romanticism." (ODNB)

James Hogg knew Robert Tannahill

"Hogg had been in the Highlands on business ... and Paisley not being far off their way, Hogg expressed a desire to see Tannahill, the Weaver Poet of Paisley ... [James] Barr has said Hogg was enraptured with their company, and it was a treat to see the friendship of the two bards. The contrast was striking - the one healthly, lively, and off-hand; the other delicate, quiet, and unassuming" (Semple lxxx)

William Laidlaw written about by James Hogg

Laidlaw was described in Hogg's memoir