Printed papers of the Highland Society of Scotland chiefly relating to the poetry of Ossian, and bearing occasional notes by Sir John Sinclair. Edit




  • 1777-1831, undated. (Creation)


  • 217 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    Formerly Gaelic MS.CXXXVI.

  • Arrangement

    217 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows.

    (M 1). Prospectus (1804) of ‘The poems of Ossian in the original Gaelic’. (Folio 1.)

    (M 2). Sir John Sinclair, ‘A scene from Ossian’ (1806). (Folio 9.)

    (M 3). Chapter on Ossian from Sinclair’s ‘Correspondence’ (1831). (Folio 13.)

    (M 4). Pages xcvii-cxii of the ‘Dissertation’ in ‘The poems of Ossian in the original Gaelic’ (1807). (Folio 18.)

    (M 5). Sinclair’s ‘Additions to the tragedy of Fingal’. (Folio 34.)

    (M 6). Part of Sinclair’s ‘Fingal: a tragedy’ (1830). (Folio 38.)

    (M 7). Review of Laing’s ‘Dissertation on Ossian’s poems’ (‘The Literary Journal’, August 1804). (Folio 48.)

    (M 8). Genealogical tree of Stewarts of Darnley etc. (Folio 53.)

    (M 9). ‘Leabhar Pochcaid a Chriosduidh’ (Edinburgh, 1788). A translation of the Reverend Thomas Shepherd’s “Christian’s Pocket Book”. (Folio 54.)

    (M 10). Le Tourneur, “Ossian, … Poésies galliques, traduites sur l’Anglois de M. Macpherson”, volume 2. (Folio 62.)

  • Bibliography

    The papers have been previously catalogued in: John Mackechnie, ‘Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in selected libraries in Great Britain and Ireland’ (Boston, 1973), page 302, and Donald Mackinnon, “Descriptive catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in the Advocates' library, Edinburgh, and elsewhere in Scotland” (Edinburgh, 1912), page 280 (box 3).

    Le Tourneur, Pierre-Prime-Félicien. “Ossian, … Poésies galliques, traduites sur l’Anglois de M. Macpherson” (Paris, 1777).

    Shepard, Thomas. ‘Leabhar pochcaid a Chriosduidh’ (Edinburgh, 1788).

    Sinclair, John, Sir. ‘A scene from Ossian: extracted from a dissertation (now in press) on the authenticity of Ossian’ (London, 1806.)

    ‘The poems of Ossian in the original Gaelic’ (London, 1807).

    ‘Fingal; a tragedy in five acts’ (Edinburgh, 1830).

    ‘The correspondence of the Right Honourable Sir John Sinclair’ (London, 1831).