The beauty and heritage of the Scottish Borders has proved an INSPIRATION for many writers. Sir Walter Scott is the best known and will feature later in this A-Z Journey, but here are two poets you may be less familiar with - James Hogg, and Will Ogilvie.
WILL OGILVIE (1869-1963) was born near Kelso, but his spirit of adventure took him, to Australia where he spent twelve years in the outback, becoming an accomplished stationhand, drover and horse breaker. He also started to make a name for himself as a writer with poems published in the "Sydney Bulletin". He also spent some time in the USA before the First World War as Professor of Agricultural Journalism in Iowa State College.
He returned to the Scottish Borders in 1901 and wrote stirring poems of his homeland. He died aged 94 and his ashes were scattered near the hill road to Roberton where a stone memorial marks the spot.
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The Scottish Borders
The old counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire
A-Z Challenge A - Abbeys,Abbotsford and Armstrongs
A-Z Challenge B - Border Reivers, Border Ballads and Blackmail