Macpherson, Dr. John, [note] author of Critical Dissertations on the History of the
Ancient Caledonians. A paraphrase of the Song of
Moses, written by him, and published in the Scots
Magazine for 1747, was much praised by Dr. Johnson.
[note] He said of it: “It does him honour; he has a great deal of Latin, and good
Latin.” In the same Magazine for June, 1739, there is an original Latin ode by
Dr. M., written while in the island of Barra, where he was a minister for some years.
“It is very poetical,” says Boswell, “and exhibits a striking proof how much
all things depend on comparison; for Barra, it seems, appeared so much worse to him than Sky,
his natale solum, that he languished for its
blessed mountains, and thought himself, where he was, buried alive
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