Scottish critic and Presbyterian clergyman
1718 – Born on the 7th of April in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1741 – Blair received his license as a Presbyterian preacher.
1743 – Elected as the second charge of the Church of Canongate.
1754 – Appointed to the charge of Lady Yester’s Church.
1757 – Presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the Church of St. Andrews.
1758 – Promoted to the High Church of St. Giles.
Blair appointed the first Regius Chair of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres by George III.
1763 – Blair published A Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian.
1777 – Published the first of his five volume series Sermons.
1783 – Retired as Chair of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at the University of Edinburgh.
1800 – Hugh Blair died on 27th of December.
Defended authenticity of James Macpherson’s poems attributed to Ossian.