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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  • Genusabs: james macpherson is very pleased with the beaufort milkman daughters milking in his beaufort herd in staffordshire, and says “the milkman dtrs are developing into tremendous cows, they are quick to get in-calf and they are milking very well with very good udders, legs & feet.”
  • Ruairidhmaciver: the other gaelic-related napoleonic fact that we all need in our lives was that he was besotted by the poems of ossian by james macpherson. he's reported to have carried and read aloud from the italian translation of the poems, by melchiorre cesarotti, with him on his campaigns.
  • Cabinradio: the nwt declared a covid-19 outbreak at yellowknife's nj macpherson school with one confirmed case and another four considered "probable."
  • Boltstothesb: there are some absolute gems in the chargers front office. guys like kevin kelly, jojo wooden, regis eler, tom mcconnaughey, and james macpherson (many, many more) deserve a lot more praise. i think tom relies on his staff as much as any gm in the league
  • Ptmurtong: at ruthven on the trail of ossian and james macpherson’s clan past
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The Wild Old Wicked Man
 by William Butler Yeats

Because I am mad about women
I am mad about the hills,'
Said that wild old wicked man
Who travels where God wills.
'Not to die on the straw at home.
Those hands to close these eyes,
That is all I ask, my dear,
From the old man in the skies.
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