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Highland Journeys

James Hogg
Edited by H.B. de Groot


Hogg left a written record of three of his many journeys to the Highlands, those of 1802, 1803 and 1804, and in Highland Journeys he offers a thoughtful and deeply-felt response to the Highland Clearances. He gives vivid pictures of his experiences, including a narrow escape from a Navy press-gang, and a Sacrament day with one minister preaching in English and another in Gaelic. Hogg also explains aspects of Gaelic culture such as the waulking songs, and he describes the trade in kelp, lucrative to the landowners but back-breaking and ill-paid for the workers. Highland Journeys makes a refreshing contribution to our understanding of early nineteenth-century travel writing.

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.

H.B. de Groot taught at the University of Toronto until his retirement in 2004. He has published a number of essays on Scottish literature in Studies in Hogg and his World and elsewhere.


This publication of the original texts in full, with further details and themed essays, throws fascinating new light on the area and our understanding of 18th-century travel writing.

- Country Life Magazine
This publication brings the Journeys, framed as a series of letters to Walter Scott, to print in an accuare, full and thorough edition for the first time.
- Thomas A. McKean, University of Aberdeen, Scottish Literary Review

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