James Hogg (1770-1835) was a poor and uneducated Scottish shepherd who became a well known novelist, poet, short-story writer and journalist.
He wrote in both Scots and English, and became widely known as the Ettrick Shepherd.
Two of his best-known poems are 'The Witches of Fife', a comic narrative poem, and 'Kilmeny' which, like some of his other work, deals with the supernatural.
Extract from 'Kilmeny':
For Kilmeny had been, she knew not where,
And Kilmeny had seen what she could not declare;
Kilmeny had been where the cock never crew,
Where the rain never fell and the wind never blew.