James Hogg Exhibition

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This exhibition celebrates the life and works of James Hogg, 'The Ettrick Shepherd', in the beautiful and remote Ettrick Valley.

About James Hogg Exhibition

The James Hogg Exhibition is housed in the former village school next door to Ettrickhall, where he was born in 1770. James Hogg worked on a farm hence 'The Ettrick Shepherd' moniker and his most famous work, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, is important in Scottish literature. Hogg was a lifelong friend of Sir Walter Scott. The exhibition includes exquisite costume figures of Anne Carrick, the Borders Artist who made these her speciality and a mock up of Hogg's study.If you wish to see the Ettrick Valley more as it was in Hogg's day, proceed a
further four miles to Nether Phawhope, the home of the far-famed Will o Phawhope, Hogg's grandfather. Will was said to have jumped over the wide gorge in the river Ettrick every year until he was 82. He was the last man in Ettrick Forest to have talked to the fairies.
James Hogg and his brother Billy were regular visitors in their childhood.
"Where the pools are bright and deep,
Where the fray trout lies asleep
Up the river and der the lea,
That's the way for Billy and me".
James Hogg in A Boy's Song
It is still a good place for a picnic if the weather is fine, fairies or no fairies.
Now turn back and retrace your route until just past Tushielaw Inn.

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