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The Bush aboon Traquair and The Royal Jubilee

James Hogg
Edited by Douglas S. Mack


The Bush aboon Traquair, like Allan Ramsay's The Gentle Shepherd, is a pastoral drama with songs, and in this play Hogg celebrates the life of the people of his native community in Ettrick Forest. At times earthy and at times hilarious, The Bush aboon Traquair focuses on rural courtship, and it derives part of its energy from its presentation of a contrast between the old ways and an emerging (but not always admirable) modernity. This edition includes the first-ever publication of the unbowdlerised version of The Bush aboon Traquair.

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The Bush aboon Traquair
Version of the Wellington Fair-Copy Manuscript
Act First
Act Second
Act Third
Version of Blackie's Tales & Sketches
Act First
Act Second
Act Third
The Royal Jubilee
Note on the Texts
Hyphenation List
Editorial Notes

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.

The late Douglas S. Mack was formerly Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Stirling.


The excellent edition of The Bush aboon Traquair and The Royal Jubilee, edited by Douglas S. Mack, contains two versions of Hogg's lifely pastoral drama, with songs, as well as his masque, written as part of the welcoming celebrations for George IV's visit to Edinburgh in 1822.

- Deirdre A. Shepherd, University of Edinburgh, BARS Bulletin and Review

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