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TITLE
James Macpherson, Editor, etc. of the Ossianic Poetry
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_159_211
DATE OF IMAGE
1875
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30928
KEYWORDS
James Macpherson
Ossianic poetry
poetry
controversy
Ossian
Celticism
romanticism
translations
Gaelic
James Macpherson, Editor, etc. of the Ossianic Poetry

James Macpherson (1736-1796) was born in Badenoch and educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities. He is best known for his Ossianic poetry. Celticism was fashionable throughout his lifetime and in 1760 MacPherson published his 'Fragments of Ancient Poetry' and later 'Fingal' and 'Temora'. He claimed that the books were translations of epic Gaelic poetry by Ossian written in the 3rd century. There was great controversy and debate over the authenticity of the poetry which raged throughout his lifetime and beyond.

This illustration was taken from 'A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments vol. 2' ed. by John S. Keltie

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James Macpherson, Editor, etc. of the Ossianic Poetry

1870s

James Macpherson; Ossianic poetry; poetry; controversy; Ossian; Celticism; romanticism; translations; Gaelic

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

James Macpherson (1736-1796) was born in Badenoch and educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities. He is best known for his Ossianic poetry. Celticism was fashionable throughout his lifetime and in 1760 MacPherson published his 'Fragments of Ancient Poetry' and later 'Fingal' and 'Temora'. He claimed that the books were translations of epic Gaelic poetry by Ossian written in the 3rd century. There was great controversy and debate over the authenticity of the poetry which raged throughout his lifetime and beyond. <br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments vol. 2' ed. by John S. Keltie