John Galt

(2350 words)
  • Hans B. de Groot (University of Toronto)

In 1832 the poet and novelist James Hogg brought out a revised edition of his Memoir of the Author’s Life. Among the passages added is an account of John Galt. Galt and Hogg had met several times in their later years, both in London and in Edinburgh, but Hogg’s memory went back to their very first meeting, in the summer of l803, when Hogg had returned from the Hebrides and passed through the town of Greenock on his homeward journey (a meeting which Hogg himself misdated as having occurred one year later):

“a tall thin young man, with something a little dandyish in his appearance. He was dressed in a frock-coat and new top-boots; and it being then the fashion to wear the shirt collars as high a…
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de Groot, Hans B.. "John Galt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 March 2005
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