As with Fingal in 1762, the author posed as the translator of what he asserted was an ancient Gaelic epic by the supposed Ossian, son of Fingal (see also Works of Ossian in the article: 1765 in poetry).
It, together with other poems he had published at the same time, produced a mixed but mostly favourable response from critics.
- Literary Encyclopedia October 6, 2004 Literary Encyclopedia: Ossion Obtained December 27, 2006
- Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
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