A crowd of more than 100 had gathered for the opening, which was also addressed by Judy Steel on behalf of the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust. She spoke on the history of the exhibition and brought a message from Scottish author and Inspector Rebus creator, Ian Rankin, one of the current crop of contemporary Scottish writers greatly influenced by Hogg. Also in attendance was local Scottish Borders councillor Vicky Davidson, who spoke about the forthcoming James Hogg creative residency at the school and thanked all those who had made this possible.
The admired Scottish actor Donald Douglas appeared as James Hogg at the event:
|"Donald Douglas as James Hogg at the Exhibition Opening 02.06.2013||"|
--Holly Faith Nelson