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

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NOTES
1.
See Lonsdale introduction in Gray, Collins and Goldsmith, 1969, 492.
2.
"'A Note from John Home'", Report, App. 68-69.
3.
See Saunders, lames Macpherson, 64.
4.
Home Note, Report, App. 68-9.
5.
"Carlyle to Highland Society, January 1802", Report, App. 66. According to Carlyle, he visited Moffat on 2 October 1759.
6.
"Blair to Mackenzie, 20 December 1797", Report, App. 57.
7.
Ibid.
8.
See R. H. Carnie, "'Macpherson's Fragments of Ancient Poetry and Lord Hailes'", English Studies, xli, 17-26.
9.
Carlyle, Anecdotes and Characters . . ., 203.
10.
"'Conversing with Mr Macpherson, Mr Home found that he was an exceedingily, good classical scholar'", Report, App. 68.
11.
Letter, 18 January 1782, quoted in Laing ed. I, xv. For further information from Laurie see H. G. Graham, Scottish Men of Letters in the, Eighteenth Century, ( London 1901), 227-28.
12.
Revised dissertation on Temora, The Poems of Ossian, translated by James Macpherson, 2 vols, ( London 1773), II, 259.
13.
John Clark to Highland Society, 1803, ADV MS 73.2. 15/11b.
14.
Report, App. 57.
15.
Clark, ADV MS 73.2.15 / 11b.
16.
J. H. Delargy, "'The Gaelic Story Teller'", Proceedings of the British Academy, xxxi, 1945, 177-221, 187. See also D. A. Macdonald & A. Bruford , Memory in Gaelic Story-Telling, ( Edinburgh 1979).
17.
Knott & Murphy, Early Irish Literature, 102.
18.
A Dictionary of the English Language, ( London 1755), Preface.
19.
J. Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690; ed. P. Nidditch , ( Oxford 1975), 663-64.
20.
"Gallie to C. Mackintosh, 1801", Report, 44.
21.
A. Grant, Poems on Several Subjects, ( Edinburgh 1803), 364. Mrs Grant's authority was Ewan Macpherson, the Gaelic scholar who accompanied Macpherson for part of his Highland Tour, 1760.
22.
"'Dedication of the Aeneis'", Essays of John Dryden, ed. W. P. 1900 Ker , 1926; 2 vols, ( New York 1961), II, 227. See also, J. Hollander, "'Versions, Interpretations, and Performances'", On Translation, ed. R. A. Brower, ( Cambridge, Mass. 1959), 205-31.
23.
Dryden, ibid.
24.
W. Dillon, Earl of Roscommon, An Essay on Translated Verse, ( London 1685), 7.
25.
See J. S. Smart, James Macpherson, An Episode in Literature, ( London 1905), 91-3. The text of 'The Death of Oscur' is the one included in Fragments of Ancient Poetry, 1760; facsimile of 2nd edn, ( Edinburgh 1970).
26.
An Introduction to the History of Great Britain and Ireland, ( London 1771), 6-7.
27.
Essays of John Dryden, II, 228.
28.
De Sacra Poesi Hebraeorum Praelectiones Academicae Oxonii Habitae, ( Oxford 1753). Quotations are from Lowth, Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews, tr. G. Gregory, 2 vols, ( London 1787), I, 79.
29.
Adam Smith, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres ed. J. M. Lothian, ( London 1963), 134.

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Table of contents

  • 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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