OPENING TIMES 2017
June - September
Wednesday/Friday/Sunday, 2-5pm, 4th June until the end of September.
The Former Ettrick School,
18 miles from Selkirk (Off B709)
Group bookings taken outwith these times
by appointment. Contact Daphne Jackson on 01750 62259 or at
JAMES HOGG: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Celebrated Scottish writer, James Hogg (1770-1835) was born near the head of the Ettrick Valley and lived in either Ettrick or Yarrow almost all of his life. Although he had no formal schooling he inherited a rich and vivid tradition of ballad and legend. His first experience of the literary world was in helping Walter Scott collect the ballads for the latter’s Border Minstrelsy, which fired him with the ambition to become a man of letters in his own right. His iconic, psychological thriller, ‘Confessions of a Justified Sinner’, the story of a religious maniac who commits a series of atrocious murders, has influenced many of today’s generation of writers. Despite his prolific output of verse, song, short stories and plays, and his regular contributions to magazines of the day, Hogg remained a farmer all his life, earning the nickname, ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’.
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