The Jacobite Relics of Scotland

Volume 2

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).


This strikes me as an exemplary edition in the sense that it amply fulfills the need for a text in an area where textual exploration/ discovery is/ has moved rapidly of late. Pittock is the expert in the field… I recommend it without hesitation.
- Professor Jeremy Black, University of Exeter
This is a major contribution to Hogg studies, but it is even more important than that. The Relics - which Murray Pittock stamps with unquestioned editorial quality - and the Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition's commitment to presenting new scholarly editions of all Hogg's song collections, with the literary and musical components, is certainly to be celebrated. Hogg can then stand alongside Burns and Scott.
Professor Pittock's edition of Hogg's Jacobite Relics promises to be an important volume - not only in terms of the larger Stirling/ South Carolina Edition of the Works of James Hogg, but also in the field of Scottish song. His careful annotation, which draws on many years of research into the traditions of Jacobite song, will make this the authoritative edition of a hitherto neglected, but extremely significant collection by a major Scottish writer.
- Fiona Stafford, Somerville College, Oxford
A thorough genealogist of Hogg's airs and texts, and a skilful unraveller of their secrets, Pittock has contributed substantially to our understanding of how the nineteenth century constructed its eighteenth-century past, and mediated its folk-cultural present.

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