Friday, 3 July 2009

Ettrick and Buccleuch church surveyed by RCAHMS

After a great deal of research in 2008, we at Scotland's Greatest Story were able to confirm a client's claim to be descended from the family of James Hogg, better known as the 'Ettrick Shepherd', a famous writer from the Borders. As such I now tend to keep an eye out for stories on the great man, and earlier today came across the following from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, posted about a month ago:

The Parish Church of Ettrick and Buccleuch, best known as the final resting place of the writer James Hogg, is being considered for closure by the Church of Scotland. RCAHMS Threatened Building Survey Team visited the beautifully-preserved post-reformation kirk to record its important historical features, many of which may be lost if the building is put to a new use in the future.

James Hogg, the celebrated ‘Ettrick Shepherd’, was born into poverty in the late eighteenth century and was baptised in the church. A self-taught farm worker inspired by Robert Burns, he became a well-known member of Edinburgh’s literary community and a friend of Walter Scott.

Hogg continued to live in the Borders as a shepherd throughout his writing career, and it was only after his death that the quality and importance his work was truly recognised. Scholars and authors in the late nineteenth century rediscovered and celebrated Hogg’s writings, in particular his novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of A Justified Sinner, and in 1898 an elaborate obelisk monument was erected on the site of the poet’s birthplace. Hogg’s gravestone is also found nearby in the parish church graveyard. Both of these monuments were recorded as part of RCAHMS survey.

It's a beautiful building - for more on the RCAHMS survey visit the following links:
Ettrick Church survey and Ettrick Church picture

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