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James Hogg - The Ettrick Shepherd

James Hogg - The Ettrick Shepherd

A man of humble origins, James Hogg, became one of south west Scotland's greatest poets, songwriters and authors. Born in 1770 at Ettrick Hall in the Scottish Borders to a poor farming family, Hogg had no formal education and set about educating himself finding out along the way that he had quite a gift with language and prose and soon found himself in print. Although success followed he remained more at home amongst his own family and friends in Dumfriesshire and the Borders than amongst the great and the good in Edinburgh earning him his nickname "The Ettrick Shepherd.

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