Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


James Hogg

James Hogg, known as the Ettrick Shepherd, was born at Ettrick Hall in the Borders. He left formal education after six months and at age seven began to work as a cowherd.

In his mid-teens he taught himself to read and write and to play the fiddle. Throughout his life his mother had taught him the great oral tradition of the ballads and folklore of the Borders. His new found skills and the help of the family he was working for allowed him to extend his knowledge and he began writing poetry. At this time Sir Walter Scott became the sheriff of the Borders and was looking for a source of local ballads. The two men met and became great contemporaries and friends throughout their lives.

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