James Hogg exhibition in move to Ettrick

James Hogg Exhibition  at Bowhill.
James Hogg Exhibition at Bowhill.

The James Hogg Exhibition has found another home.

Organisers are moving the display on the Ettrick Shepherd from Bowhill House and hope to open it at Ettrick School next month.

Writer Judy Steel, who researched Hogg’s life and created the exhibition orginally at Aikwood Tower, said in a report, co-written by former Ettrick school secretary Daphne Jackson: “There has always been a strong local feeling that the head of Ettrick was the most appropriate place for this.

“At present, although the obelisk at James Hogg’s birthplace at Ettrickhall and his grave in Ettrick kirkyard are nearby, there is no explanation as to why he is one of Scotland’s major literary figures and this focus of interest will inform both residents and visitors.

“The professional design and execution of the exhibition will make the head of Ettrick a good destination for visitors to Bowhill, Abbotsford and Traquair, as well as those staying in the valley itself.”

They continued: “As well as creating a tourism destination in this remote location, it has solved the problem of how to utilise the school building without prejudicing the use of the nearby hall.”

Lochcarron of Scotland in Selkirk has given over £2,000 worth of support, donating and making up fabric to line the walls and exhibition boards.

Organisers hope to include a mock-up of Hogg’s study in the display too.

The school will also be home to a creative residency: “It will allow artists to have a base from which to operate; the first artist in residence in Ettrick will be based at the exhibition. It is hoped that this will be first of many such residences,” said the organisers.

Local volunteers have offered to oversee the exhibition.