Macpherson, James ("Ossian")


Macpherson, James ("Ossian")

1736 - 1796

James Macpherson was a Scottish writer, poet, literary collector and politician, known as the "translator" of the Ossian cycle of poems. He was the first Scottish poet to gain an international reputation.
Macpherson was born at Ruthven in the parish of Kingussie in Badenoch, Inverness-shire. In the 1752-3 session, he was sent to King's College, Aberdeen, moving two years later to Marischal College (the two institutions later became the University of Aberdeen); it is also believed that he attended classes at the University of Edinburgh as a divinity student in 1755–6. During his years as a student, he ostensibly wrote over 4,000 lines of verse, some of which was later published, notably The Highlander (1758), a six-canto epic poem, which he attempted to suppress sometime after its publication.

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Das Mädchen von Inistore (1815) D281 Franz Schubert
Gesang aus Fingal (1860) Op. 17 no.4 Johannes Brahms
Kolmas Klage (1815) D217 Franz Schubert
Lodas Gespenst (1816) D150 Franz Schubert
Ossians Lied nach dem Falle Nathos (1815) D278 Franz Schubert

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