Bardic ministers: Scotland's gaelic-speaking clergy in the Ossian controversy

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Although the Gaelic-speaking clergy of Scotland played a central role in the controversy over the authenticity of James Macpherson's Ossian opus, their involvement, and in particular the religious dimensions of their involvement, has received little scholarly attention. This article explores the cultural context of the Gaelic-speaking clergy, both within Gaelic society and in the broader British and Continental European milieu of clerical learning, in order to bring Evangelical revival into dialogue with the Ossian controversy, the Scottish Enlightenment, and Romanticism.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-243
Number of pages19
JournalEighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities

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