Robert and Mary Hogg Bequest

The Robert and Mary Hogg Bequest of over 1100 titles concerning Scottish literature, history and topography was donated to the Library in 1941. The Collection is held in the Turnbull Named Collections.

Robert Hogg (1864-1941) was born in Blochairn, Glasgow, Scotland. He arrived in New Zealand with his wife and family in 1900. A socialist, journalist, newspaper editor and poet, he retained his connection with his birthplace through a life-long interest in Scottish literature, amassing a library of over 2000 volumes (over 1100 titles). Hogg also wrote several books in prose and verse under the pseudonym of Robert Blochairn.

In addition to Scottish literature, there are books on the history and topography of Scotland. Particular strengths are the works of James Hogg, the Ettrick shepherd, with many first editions, and the works of Robert Burns including the first Edinburgh edition of Burn’s poems issued in 1787. This last item is now shelved in the Turnbull rare book collection. Samuel Rutherford Crockett is also well represented.

Cover of The Muses of Mayfair, with lots of gilded illustration.
H. Cholmondeley Pennell, The muses of Mayfair, 1874. Record page

Access items in this collection

Original items in this collection can be requested through the Library’s catalogue and consulted in the Katherine Mansfield Reading Room.

This collection is catalogued online and may be called up as a list on the National Library catalogue by searching ‘Hogg’ using the ‘in call number’ search option in the NLNZ catalogue advanced search.

Robert Hogg, seated, wearing a hat and holding a copy of the socialist newspaper Commonweal.
Robert Hogg, 1907. Ref: 1/2-010286-F.