James Hogg(1770-1835), Poet; author of 'The Ettrick Shepherd'
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James Hogg was born on a farm in Selkirkshire and worked as a shepherd. His employer lent him books and he began to write, publishing a slim volume of poems in 1801. In 1810, he moved to Edinburgh and in 1813 published his narrative poem 'The Queen's Wake', which tells of the return of Mary, Queen of Scots, to Scotland after her long stay in France. It was immediately recognised as a major achievement, and his reputation as a leading poet of his generation was established. Hogg published several more volumes of verse and a number of novels including The Three Perils of Woman (1823). Little regarded for many years, the second half of the twentieth century saw a revival in Hogg's reputation.