The Forest Minstrel

James Hogg
Edited by P. D. Garside, Richard Jackson


Edited by Peter Garside and Richard D. Jackson, with musical notations prepared by Peter Horsfall

Originally published in 1810, The Forest Minstrel represents the first full collection of songs by Hogg. The items contained include some of his first compositions as a shepherd in Ettrick, while others originate from early contact with the literary culture of Edinburgh. This edition for the first time supplies musical settings for the majority of items, whereas in 1810 Hogg only nominated tunes by title. These settings are based on extensive research in relevant pre-1810 Scottish music books. As a result, the modern reader is given access to the tunes which originally formed an integral part of the songs. An Introduction describes Hogg’s development as a song-writer and the musical context in 1810; while full annotation is provided on both the texts of the songs and the related tunes.

Includes a CD

The volume also includes a CD containing audio recordings of the seventy-two tunes which are provided by means of the notations.

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.

Peter Garside is Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is Executive/General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels (EEWN), and was Advisory/Associate General Editor the Stirling/South Carolina Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg 1991-2010.

Richard Jackson is a retired senior civil servant and keen amateur musical performer. He is author of a number of articles which have appeared in Studies in Hogg and his World.


The editors of this edition of The Forest Minstrel have produced a truly remarkable volume for the modern reader , providing extensive information on the development of Hogg's musical knowledge as well as the context for his talents. There is also one significant improvement on the 1810 edition. Originally, the songs were printed without musical notation in order to keep publishing costs down ... Here, the songs are printeded with this detail. The accompanying CD even allows the reader to hear an approximation of 'the musical world of the genteel middle-class drawing-room' as the editors suggest.

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

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