James Hogg was baptised on 9 December 1770 in Ettrick Church in
Selkirkshire, Scotland, the second of the four sons of Robert Hogg
(1729-1820), a former shepherd and small peasant farmer, the date
of his birth going unrecorded. Hogg seems to have been particularly
close to his mother, Margaret Laidlaw (1730-1813), whose family was
noted in the district for its athleticism and for its store of
ballads and other traditional lore. His autobiographical Memoir
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Hughes, Gillian. "James Hogg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 November 2001 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2168, accessed 26 January 2021.]
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