James MacPherson

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Birthday
27, 1736
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Feb 17, 1796 (59)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
27, 1736
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Feb 17, 1796 (59)

About

An eighteenth-century Scottish author and poet, he is known mostly for the scandal of authenticity surrounding his "translation" of Ossian's poetry. He also authored a historical work with the lengthy title of: "Original Papers, containing the Secret History of Great Britain from the Restoration to the Accession of the House of Hanover."

Before Fame

He studied at both King's College, Aberdeen and Marischal College and wrote poetry during his years as a student. A collection of his poems, The Highlander, was published in 1758.

Trivia

He was appointed secretary to the Governor of colonial Florida in 1764 and later became a member of the British Parliament.

Family Life

He was raised in Invernessshire, Scotland, and he later bought an estate in the region and lived there until his death. He passed away at the age of fifty-nine.

Associated With

His Ossianic Poems, although likely inauthentic (modern verse rather than ancient poems translated from the Gaelic), were greatly admired by Johann Von Goethe.