Walking with James Hogg

Walking with James Hogg

: The Ettrick shepherd's journeys through Scotland

by Bruce Gilkison
31st July, 2016

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Retracing Hogg's remarkable journeys in the 21st century

James Hogg, also known as the Ettrick Shepherd, was a writer, poet, sportsman, musician and larger-than-life personality. In 1802, uneducated and still unknown, he set out on the first of a series of journeys through Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands and Hebrides. The journeys were inspiring, life-changing and often frightening. They led him to a life of chaos, failures, fame, fun and literary masterpieces.

Now, a descendant follows his footsteps and reflects on his experiences, and on the remarkable rediscovery of Hogg's works a century after his death. It is a story of tenacity, of daring to be different and, against all odds, success and a flourishing legacy. It is a lively look at an extraordinary life and some of his works, including Confessions of a Justified Sinner, considered by many to be one of the greatest novels ever written.

Bruce Gilkison, a New Zealander and a great-great-grandson of Hogg's, walked through Scotland to discover what was special about him and his journeys. Like Hogg, he had no idea where these travels might lead. He found a world of stunning landscapes, fairies and mystery, genius and ambiguity, friendships and back-stabbings, and learnt about his flawed, lovable and eccentric ancestor.

Key Features:

  • Celebrates the¬†extraordinary life of a flawed and lovable character, and provides a brief and accessible study of Hogg's works
  • Examines three Scottish journeys and provides an account of the same trips recreated by one of his great-great-grandsons
  • Provides a¬†guide to parts of Hogg's travels in the Highlands, Western Isles and some other locations, showing how these influenced his career and his writing
  • Demonstrates Hogg's ongoing relevance in the 21st century

Details & Specs

Author: Bruce Gilkison

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781474415385

Publication Date: 31st July, 2016

Pages: 192

Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 11 mm

Notes: illustrations

Availability: Available, usually dispatched within 3 days

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