Papers of the Rev. James Hog (c. 1658-1734)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-746
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      circa 40 letters, 1 diary, and miscellaneous items. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      MSS HOG 1-4

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of: copies of several letters from Hog to friends in Edinburgh, 1725-1733; sermons by James Webster and others, 1697-1721; diary while at Carnock, 1702-1703, and also while at Dalserf, 1694-1695; memorial written by Philomathes; and, letters concerning the absoluteness of the covenant of grace, 1712-1713, letter of William Stuart to James Cuthbert, letter of James Cuthbert to William Stuart, undated letter, and items by Thomas Gilbert and James Fraser of Brea.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Hog was born around 1658. He graduated from Edinburgh University with an M.A. in 1677, and then studied theology in the Netherlands. He was ordained as Minister of Dalserf parish in the Presbytery of Hamilton in 1691. Hog was elected as a member of the General Assembly in 1695. In 1699 he became Minister of Carnock, Fife. He belonged to a stricter wing of the Church of Scotland that took a stand against the more tolerant attitudes that had begun to arise within the Church. With his re-publication of the Marrow of modern divinity (1718), he started the 'Marrow' controversy. The book was denounced by the Assembly in 1720. Rev. James Hog died on 14 May 1734.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Stephen Leslie. and Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 9. Harris-Hovenden. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1908.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Local lists.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes of Edinburgh University Library, George Square, show references to Hog related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter of Hog to John Gibb, Minister of Cliesh, 30 October 1708, at La.III.355, f.201v; and, remarks on W. Stuart's account of Thomas Hog of Kiltearn. Remarks mainly casuistical pertaining to the life of Thomas Hog, and letter from Hog to Lord Grange concerning John Card, queries of the Synod of Fife to Hog, with his answers, in La.III.263. In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: copies of autobiography, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. Adv MSS 22 7 10, 32 3 8