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‘The Voice of the North’ Ossianic Tourism and the Discovery of the Highlands, 1773-1820

25 April, 2022 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Professor Nigel Leask FBA FRSE FEA

Regius Professor of English Language and Literature, School of Critical Studies/ Sgoil an Oilein Sgrùdaich, University of Glasgow/Oilthigh Ghlaschu.

Despite the scepticism of Dr Johnson, the enthusiasm for Macpherson’s Ossian inspired the romantic generation to tour the Scottish Highlands, hitherto little known to outsiders. Assessing the relationship of Macpherson’s ‘translations’ to authentic Gaelic tradition, this lecture offers an overview of the romantic Ossian tour, with a focus on British and European travellers Faujais St Fond, John Leyden, and Sarah Murray, considering their links to topography, natural history and local history. Click below to find out more about:

The Arthur and Jean Humphreys Lecture

53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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