Who is James Macpherson

James Macpherson (Gaelic: Seumas MacMhuirich or Seumas Mac a' Phearsain; 27 October 1736 – 17 February 1796) was a Scottish writer, poet, literary collector and politician, known as the "translator" of the Ossian cycle of epic poems. He was the first Scottish poet to gain an international reputation.[citation needed]

Early life 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 1755–56. During his years as a student, he ostensibly wrote over 4,000 l...
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  • Aardvarsk: same guy who wrote the song “pure imagination” from willy wonka is the same guy who wrote nina simone’s banger “feeling good.” and he also wrote “goooooldfingerrrr....” from james bond. his name was leslie bricusse (brick-us), he passed away yesterday at the age of 90. rip king.
  • Ruairidhmaciver: one of napoleon’s most beloved books was the poems of ossian by james macpherson. it’s said that he carried a copy of the italian translations of macpherson’s ‘translations’ in his pocket in the midst of battle.
  • Cobequidfball: the stage is set for this weekend's final regular season home game vs bayview and the fifty years of cougar football celebration. join us at the james macpherson stadium, sunday oct. 17th at 1 pm. everyone welcome, bring proof of vaccination and spread the word! football!
  • Folkloremuseums: the lament of james macphersons fiddle and a mothers grief. read more at our website
  • Jturnerentgroup: coming up sunday, october 24th at frankie's jazz club a fundraiser for the fraser macpherson jazz fund feat. the james danderfer quintet! head here for more info!
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The Ballad Of Father O'Hart
 by William Butler Yeats

GOOD Father John O'Hart
In penal days rode out
To a Shoneen who had free lands
And his own snipe and trout.
In trust took he John's lands;
Sleiveens were all his race;
And he gave them as dowers to his daughters.
And they married beyond their place.

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