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 at the University of Glasgow, Pro Vice-Principal and Honorary Scottish History Adviser to the National Trust for Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Historical Society and the English Association and a prize lecturer of both the RSE and the British Academy.He has held senior appointments at the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester, and visiting appointments in history and literature globally at universities including Yale, Trinity College, Dublin, New York University and Charles University, Prague. Recent publications include The Scots Musical Museum (2 vols, 2018); Culloden (2016) and Material Culture and Sedition (2013). His current projects include The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay (funded by the AHRC, 2018-23), The Scottish Heritage Partnership (on VR and Immersive design and procurement, funded by EPSRC-AHRC) and Robert Burns and the Scottish Economy (funded by Scottish Government).


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.
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.
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.
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.

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