Technical description: Soundboard of spruce; back, sides, head and neck of sycamore; fingerboard, tailpiece, soundboard protector, chin rest, endpin and pegs of ebony. Golden varnish. Arch of soundboard 17mm. Varnish has bubbled in places. Ebony/sycamore/ebony purfling. High arching. Lowest rib goes around all of the lower bout. One piece back, 15mm arch. Plugged holes at top and bottom of soundboard. Plugged holes at top and bottom of back. Very light, wide figure, down on the left side of the back, up on the right. Head and neck show wild grain and figure in the wood. Neck 130 long; fingerboard 273 long, 25.7 wide at nut, 41.3 wide at bottom. Repair History: The scroll may be a later replacement. Partitions of original case (1179) removed c|1950; conservation treatment of the leather covering of original case (1179) grant-aided by the Scottish Museums Council.
Specific usage history: Used by James Hogg (the `Ettrick Shepherd').
Bequeathed By Robert Sym to James Hogg; inherited by Hogg's youngest daughter, Mrs Mary Garden; then inherited in 1911 by her nephew and Hogg's grandson, Robert Gilkison; finally in 1942 by Hogg's great-granddaughter Mrs E. Parr of Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand.; Gift of Mrs E. Parr, 1964; the case (1179) given in 1981.