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Happy! – Dec 9 (The Ettrick Shepherd)

Abby Sale 09 Dec 05 - 09:09 AM
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Subject: Happy! – Dec 9 (The Ettrick Shepherd)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 09:09 AM


James Hogg, The Ettrick Shepherd

was baptized 12/9/1770

(He told people he was born 1/25/1772 but the Ettrick Baptismal Register records him baptized on as above,
thus, he'd have been born about 12/1/1770)

It was his mother said to Dick Greenhaus, "Now that you've captured
the songs in Digital format, no one will read the books anymore."

(That's actually a real clever gag in its way if you happen to know what she said to Sir Wally Scott
who included a bunch of Hogg's stuff in Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.
Well, I always thought so….)

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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 9 (The Ettrick Shepherd)
From: samirich
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 12:22 PM


So good to hear from you! Thank-you for reminding us of the Ettrick Shepherds birthdate. My sources give the quote his mother gave when asked if any of her ballits had been printed as follows: 'Oo, na, na, sire, it was never printed i' the world...There was never ane o' my songs prentit tillye prentit them yourself, an, ye hae spoilt them a'thegither. The war made for singing, an no for reading; and they're nouther right spelled nor right setten down... 'Ye hae broken the charm noo, an' they'll never be sung mair..'

Hogg's grandfather, Will o' Phaup, was supposedly the last known human to converse with the fairies. I will take issue with that one from personal experience of course.

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