James Macpherson


  • Legal Name: Macpherson, James
  • Place of Birth: Ruthven, Iverness, Scotland
  • Date of Birth: October 27, 1736
  • Date of Death: February 17, 1796


Infamous for generating a series of supposed translations of 3rd-century Gaelic poetry attributed to a poet named Ossian. These poems were, in fact, originally written in English by Macpherson, and translated into Gaelic. Although found to be a hoax, the Ossian poems had a great influence on the early Romantic writers.

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