The Jacobite Relics of Scotland

Volume 1

James Hogg
Edited by Murray Pittock


James Hogg's Jacobite Relics - originally commissioned by the Highland Society of London in 1817 - is an important addition to The Collected Works of James Hogg. It created a canon for the Jacobite song which had an enormous influence on subsequent collections, and was of great importance in defining the relationship between the Scottish song tradition and its Romantic editors and collectors.

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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.

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Head of the College of Arts and Vice-Principal. He has formerly held chairs and other senior appointments at Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester universities. His recent work includes Scottish and Irish Romanticism (2008), The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe (2007) and James Boswell (2007). Forthcoming work includes collections on Robert Burns in Global Culture, the Reception of Robert Burns in Europe and the textual edition of the Scottish Musical Museum for the Oxford Burns. He is currently PI of the AHRC Beyond Text project, ‘Robert Burns, 1796-1909: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory’.


An impressive series of scholarly editions of Hogg's work, a series that shows a range and variety of work probably unsuspected by those of us who have been familiar only with The Private Memories and Confessions of a Justified Sinner… Hogg collected poems of the preceding century. It is a major achievement on the part of Pittock to show the dynamism and the complexity of Hogg's interaction with this material of the past.
Edinburgh University Press continues the mighty task of reprinting James Hogg's complete works with The Jacobite Relics of Scotland (First Series).. Reprinting the 1819 edition beautifully, this contains Hogg's notes and transcriptions of the Jacobite cause, along with additional editorial notes.. EUP also publishes a paperback version of the complete works. In the latest batch: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (£8.99), Three perils of Woman (£9.99), The Shepherd's Calendar and Tales of the Wars of Montrose (both £8.99).. Every edition contains an extensive introduction and editorial notes with practically no stone left unturned. If you want to read Hogg, this is the place to start.
James Hogg's Jacobite Relics is interesting on perhaps more levels than any other document of its time, standing at the crossroads of just about every issue of interest to the folklorist, historian, or literature scholar of the last three centuries.. It is high time that Hogg's key text was made more accessible. A 'capital old song' runs Hogg's famous commentary on his own composition, 'Donald Macgillivray' (p.280) included in the Relics. Fortunately for him, and for us, he was right: the song, the book and, indeed, Murray Pittock's new edition, are all capital productions.
Source histories, anecdotes, and other documentary evidence build a comprehensive picture of how each song contributes to our understanding of the Jacobite tradition and its representation in and beyond established records… [the general editors] could not have found a more knowledgeable or dedicated editor for the Relics than Pittock… apart from its immense scholarly importance, this volume is sure to bring pleasure to many readers with less academic or less specialized interests in traditional song, in Jacobitism, in Hogg, or in Scottish literature. It will also appeal to some who are just curious to find out what any of these matters might be about, and why they continue to fascinate and impassion.
The influence of Hogg's early nineteenth-century social and political context in determining the shape and emphasis of his Jacobite canon, and the interplay among oral, print and manuscript media are explored with laser-sharp insight. This edition deserves further applause for attaching due weight to the airs which the Whig and Jacobite muses employed.

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