The Sublime Savage: A Study of James Macpherson and the Poems of Ossian

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Acknowledgements

Before mentioning the numerous individuals who have contributed to this book, I would like to express my gratitude to the staff of the following institutions: The Bodleian, Taylorian and English Faculty Libraries in Oxford, The National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Records Office, The School of Scottish Studies and Edinburgh University Library in Edinburgh, Aberdeen University Library, The Macpherson Museum in Newtonmore, The Public Records Office, the India Office Library and the British Museum in London.

For permission to reproduce the illustrations, I am indebted to The Trustees of the British Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, London; The Collection of Lord Hume of the Hirsel KT; Musée National de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, France; Musée Ingres de Montauban, France. The maps are the work of Malcolm Sparkes.

Many people have helped me with my research and I would like to express warm thanks to all of them, including those who prefer to remain anonymous. Special thanks must go to Mr W. D. Macpherson for his invaluable help, and also to Dr Alan G. Macpherson and Mr Ronald Black for information and advice. For constructive criticism, I am also grateful to Dr Howard Gaskill, Dr Roger Lonsdale, Professor David Daiches and Professor Thomas Crawford. I would like to thank Col and Mrs R. T. S. Macpherson for inviting me to Balavil to see James Macpherson's country mansion and I am also indebted, in various ways, to Sir William Macpherson of Cluny, Mr Alan Bell, Mr A. I. S. Macpherson, Mr Jack Richmond MBE, Jay Macpherson, Dr Malcolm Chapman, Mr Harry Ritchie and Ms Veronica Watts. Professor Marilyn Butler and Dr J. D. Fleeman, too, have always been generous with their time and knowledge.

My chief debts, however, are to Dr Roy Park, who has guided my work with ceaseless enthusiasm, and to my parents, whose contributions are too varied and extensive to list. I would also like to thank my husband, Malcolm, for providing the maps and so much more: this book is dedicated to him.

Finally, I would like to thank the British Academy and Lincoln College, Oxford, for the Research Fellowship which has enabled me to complete this book.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations vi
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Abbreviations viii
  • Prologue 1
  • Notes 4
  • Chapter One - Macpherson's Childhood in the Scottish Highlands 6
  • Notes 20
  • Chapter Two - Macpherson at the University of Aberdeen 1752-1755 24
  • Notes 37
  • Chapter Three - Macpherson's Early Poetry 40
  • Notes 58
  • Charter Four the Highlander 61
  • Notes 75
  • Chapter Five - The Death of Oscur 77
  • Notes 94
  • Chapter Six - Fragments of Ancient Poetry 96
  • Notes 111
  • Chapter Seven - The Highland Tours 113
  • Notes 129
  • Chapter Eight - Fingal 133
  • Notes 149
  • Chapter Nine - Macpherson's Vision of Celtic Scotland 151
  • Notes 160
  • Chapter Ten the Response to Ossian 163
  • Notes 178
  • Epilogue 181
  • Surviving Gaelic Manuscripts collected by James Macpherson 184
  • Index 188
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