The son of Fingal, a Scottish warrior-bard who lived in the
third century. The poems called Ossian's Pooms were first
published by James M'Pherson in 1760, and professed to be translations
from Erse manuscripts collected in the Highlands. This is not true.
M'Pherson no doubt based the poems on traditions, but not one of them
is a translation of an Erse manuscript; and so far as they are Ossianic
at all, they are Irish, and not Scotch
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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