Hugh Blair

(1718—1800) Church of Scotland minister and literary critic

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Scottish divine and professor of rhetoric in Edinburgh, is remembered for his famous sermons (5 vols, 1777–1801) and his Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (2 vols, 1784). He was a defender of Macpherson; his Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian (1763) found that Fingal possessed ‘all the essential requisites of a true and regular epic’.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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