Smith (John) (1747-1807)

  • 1747–1807
  • authors, scholars
  • Campbeltown
Church of Scotland minister of Campbeltown (Argyll) and Gaelic scholar, author and translator, who was involved in translating the Bible into Scottish Gaelic and argued in favour of the authenticity of the Ossian poems.
Smith, John, Sailm Dhaibhidh, air an deana' ni's iomchuidh arson aora' Chriostuidhean = A new Gaelic version of the Psalms of David, more adapted to Christian worship, and to the capacity of plain illiterate persons, Glasgow: Niven, Napier and Khull, 1801.
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Smith, John, Sean dana le Oisian, Orran, Ulann, &c = Ancient poems of Ossian, Orran, Ullin, &c: collected in the western Highlands and Isles, being the originals of the translations some time ago published in the Gaelic antiquities, Edinburgh: C. Elliot, 1787.
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Smith, John, Galic antiquities consisting of a history of the druids, particularly those of Caledonia, a dissertation on the authenticity of the poems of Ossian and a collection of ancient poems translated from the Galic of Ullin, Ossian, Orran, etc., Edinburgh, 1780.
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Donald Smith [1756-1805]Smith (Donald) ... 1756-1805
Scottish army surgeon, and Gaelic scholar, scribe and owner of manuscripts; was the younger brother of Rev. John Smith, who wrote and translated in Scottish Gaelic. Ronald Black (below, p. 11): “a native of Glenorchy and graduate of St Andrews, had been a surgeon in Crieff, with the Black Watch in America, and with the Breadalbane Fencibles at Enniskillen in Ireland. Now holding a staff appointment in Edinburgh, he had built up a big personal collection of old manuscripts, gleaned mainly in Ireland. He had written a ‘Disquisition on the Ancient Celts’ and an ‘Ancient History of the Scots’, neither of which was published”.
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John Smith [al. MacLulich]Smith (John) ... al. MacLulich
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Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–present. URL: <>. 
comments: General editors include Lawrence Goldman, et al.
MacLeod (Roderick) [id. 25849. ‘Smith, John (1747–1807)’] direct link
Thomson, Derick S., “Bogus Gaelic literature, c.1750–c.1820”, Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow 5 (1958): 172–188.
MacInnes, John, The evangelical movement in the Highlands of Scotland, 1688–1800, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1951.
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