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

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NOTES
1.
Scots Magazine, xxii, 1760, 335-36, 360-362; Gentleman's Magazine, xxx, 1760, 287-88, 335-36.
2.
J. Home, Douglas, 1757, ed. G. D. Parker, ( Edinburgh 1972), 17. The words were included in the prologue 'spoken at Edinburgh', but not in the London version.
3.
See R. Sher, Church and University . . .; McElroy, Literary Clubs. . . .
4.
Edinburgh Review, i, 1755, preface, ii.
5.
See Chapter Four, note 38.
6.
The History of the Proceedings in the Case of MARGARET, Commonly called PEG, only lawful Sister to John Bull, esq., ( London 1761). The pamphlet has traditionally been attributed to Adam Ferguson, but see also David Raynor edition, Sister Peg: A Pamphlet hitherto unknown by David Hume, ( Cambridge 1982), and Sher's reply, op. cit., 230.
7.
See e.g. Hume to Minto, 2 July 1757, The Letters of David Hume, ed. J. Y. T. Grieg , 2 vols, ( London 1932), 1, 255.
8.
Hume to Dalrymple, 16 August 1760, ibid, I, 330-31. Hume had also discussed the poetry with Adam Smith, ibid, 329.
9.
Ibid, 330.
10.
The letter, dated Balgowan, 16 June 1760, is published in Robert Hay Carnie's 'Macpherson's Fragments of Ancient Poetry and Lord Hailes ', English Studies, xli, 1960, 17-26.
11.
Blair to Dalrymple, 23 June 1760, ibid 21-2.
12.
Hume The Letters, 1, 330. There appear to have been two subscriptions, one collected by Dalrymple, ( Carnie, op. cit., 24), the other by Robert Chalmers, ( Report, App. 58).
13.
Bishop Alexander Macdonell's memorandum, see P. Macgregor, The Genuine Remains of Ossian, ( London 1841), 39-40. See also Strathmashie to Blair, 22 October 1763, 'In the year 1760, I had the pleasure of acompanying my friend Mr Macpherson, during some part of his journey in search of the poems of Ossian, through the Highlands. I assisted him in collecting them; and took down from oral tradition, and transcribed from old manuscripts, by far the greatest part of these pieces he has published', "Report", App 8.
14.
MacBain believed that Strathmashie 'finds an honourable place among the minor Highland bards, and his Gaelic is as classical as any of his time', 'The Gaelic Dialect of Badenoch', TGSI, xviii, 1891- 1892, 80. Examples of his work can be found in T. Sinton, The Poetry of Badenoch, (Inverness 1906); TGSI, xxiii, 1898-1899, xxiv, 1899- 1901.
15.
Martin, A Description of the Western Islands . . ., 89.
16.
Macleod to Blair, 26 March 1764, Report App. 29.
17.
The Works of Ossian, the Son of Fingal, 2 vols, ( London 1765), xxii. This so-called 'Third Edition' included an appendix by Blair with information on the authenticity of the poems, supplied by residents of North-West Scotland.
18.
Macpherson wrote to Revd J. Maclagan, saying that he had 'transversed most of the Isles and gathered all worth notice in that quarter' but was still anxious to see Maclagan's own collection, Report, App. 176.
19.
A. McArthur to H. Mackenzie, Mull, 2 October 1797, ADV MS 73.2.13/24. According to Captain Morrison, however, Macpherson

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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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