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Blair, Hugh

Born: 1718 AD
Died: 1800 AD
Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Clergymen, Critics

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.