After a year of school the "Ettrick Shepherd" spent his youth tending sheep. James Hogg aspired to become a poet and was assisted in this ambition by Walter Scott, who made his acquaintance while collecting ballads. Hogg removed to Edinburgh in 1807 to pursue a career as a man of letters. He edited The Spy, a periodical paper, published widely in prose and verse, and became famous as a quasi-fictional character in Blackwood's Magazine. In 1815 the Duke of Buccleugh gave Hogg a farm at Altrive Lake in Yarrow, from where he continued his most unconventional literary career.
1801A Dialogue in a Country Church-Yard.
1801Dusty, or, Watie an' Geordie's Review of Politics; an Eclogue.
1801Willie and Keatie. A Pastoral
1806Jock an' Samuel. A Scots Pastoral.
1815The Pilgrims of the Sun, a Poem.
1815The Pilgrims of the Sun. Part II.
1815The Pilgrims of the Sun. Part III.
1815The Pilgrims of the Sun. Part IV.
1815To the Right Hon. Lord Byron.
1816Mador of the Moor, a Poem.
1816Mador of the Moor. Canto II. The Minstrel.
1816Mador of the Moor. Canto III. The Cottage.
1816Mador of the Moor. Canto IV. The Palmer.
1816Mador of the Moor. Canto V. The Christening.
1816The Curse of the Laureate. Carmen Judiciale.
1816To Mr. John Grieve.
1829Will and Sandy. A Scots Pastoral.
1830A Sunday Pastoral.
Scottish pastorals, poems, songs, etc. 1801.
The mountain bard: consisting of ballads and songs, founded on facts and legendary tales. 1807.
The shepherd's guide: being a practical treatise on the diseases of sheep. 1807.
The Spy: a periodical paper [chief contributor]. 1810-11.
The forest minstrel: a selection of songs. 1810.
The Queen's wake: a legendary poem. 1813.
The hunting of Badlew: a dramatic tale. 1814.
A selection of German Hebrew melodies. 1815?
The pilgrims of the sun. 1815.
The Ettricke garland: being two excellent new songs. 1815.
The poetic mirror: or the living bards of Britain. 1816.
Mador of the moor. 1816.
Dramatic tales. 2 vols, 1817.
The long pack: a Northumbrian tale. 1817.
The Brownie of Bodsbeck and other tales. 2 vols, 1818.
A border garland. 1819?
The Jacobite relics of Scotland. 1819, 1821.
Winter evening tales. 2 vols, 1820.
Poetical works. 4 vols, 1822.
The three perils of man, or war, women and witchcraft: a border romance. 2 vols, 1822.
The royal jubilee: a Scottish mask. 1822.
The three perils of woman, or love, leasing and jealousy: a series of domestic Scottish tales. 3 vols, 1823.
The private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner. 1824.
Queen Hynde. 1825.
Select and rare Scottish melodies. 1829.
The shepherd's calendar. 2 vols, 1829.
Critical remarks on the psalms of David. 1830.
Songs now first collected. 1831.
Altrive tales collected among the peasantry of Scotland, and from foreign adventurers. 1832.
A queer book. 1832.
A series of lay sermons on good principles and good breeding. 1834.
The domestic manner and private life of Sir Walter Scott. 1834.
The works of Robert Burns [ed. Hogg and William Motherwell]. 5 vols, 1834-36.
Tales of the wars of Montrose. 3 vols, 1835.
Tales and sketches. 6 vols, 1837.
Poetical works. 5 vols, 1838-40.
Works, ed. Thomas Thomson. 2 vols, 1865.
A tour in the Highlands in 1803. 1888.
Works, letters, and manuscripts, ed. R. B. Adam. 1930.
Selected poems, ed. Douglas A. Mack. 1970.