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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

How to attend the lecture

Seats at the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery (New Walk) are restricted in order to maintain social distancing.  It is also possible to attend the lecture by Zoom.

Members of the Leicester Lit&Phil

Members of the Society have been sent an email giving details of how to attend both using Zoom. Members may attend the lecture in person without reserve seats in advance.


Those who are not members of the Society can book tickets for £5 (or £3 for students) using EventBrite:

£5 Members: Free , Non-members: £5 (£3 for students)
53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
+44 (0)116 225 4900
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