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Contributions to Musical Collections and Miscellaneous Songs

James Hogg
Edited by Kirsteen McCue


Provides a broader literary and musical context to Hogg's reception as a songwriter

When James Hogg published what was to be his final collection of songs, Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd (1831), he set out to present his public with ‘a pocket volume’ of his best and most popular songs. It contained 113 songs spanning the whole of Hogg’s career as shepherd and professional writer, from his ‘first’ song, ‘Donald MacDonald’, created around 1803, to songs which had only just appeared in print.

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About the Author

James Hogg was a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in both Scots and English. He is best known for his novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

Kirsteen McCue is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and Balliol College, Oxford. She is currently Head of Scottish Literature and Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow. She has published widely on Romantic song culture and is now working on an edition of Burns’s songs for George Thomson for the new Oxford edition of The Works of Robert Burns.

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