James Hogg


James Hogg

James Hogg, also known as The Ettrick Shepherd, was a poet and writer. He was born in 1770, the son of a shepherd and he spent years herding sheep and cattle receiving little in the way of education. He wrote poems in the 1790's and helped Sir Walter Scott compile his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.

In 1810 he moved to Edinburgh and made his name writing for a variety of publications. He became popular with the literary society of the day and was granted a cottage at Altrive in the Borders by the Duke of Buccleuch. He died in 1835.

His greatest work by far is the astonishing The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner an incredible book which tells the story of a pious man's fall from grace. It is a dark and entertaining tale which reflects the religious controversy of the time.