The son of a clergyman, John Ogilvie was born at Aberdeen and educated at Marischal College (M.A. 1759, D.D. 1766); he was minister of Midmar, Aberdeenshire (1759-1814). A fellow of the Royal Society, Edinburgh, Ogilvie was acquainted with James Beattie and Samuel Johnson. He was for a time a popular minor poet; his odes were admired while his longer works fell stillborn from the press.
1758Ode to Sleep.
1759Ode to Time, occasioned by seeing the Ruins of an Old Castle.
1762Ode to Evening.
1762Ode to Innocence.
1765Solitude: or the Elysium of the Poets, a Vision.
1765Solitude: or, the Elysium of the Poets: Introduction.
The day of judgment: a poem. 1759.
The day of judgment ... to which are added ... odes. 1759.
Poems on several subjects. 1762; 1764.
Observations on the cause and consequences of prejudices against religion. A sermon. 1764.
Providence. An allegorical poem in three books. 1764.
Solitude: or, the Elysium of the poets: a vision; to which is subjoined an elegy. 1765.
Six sermons on several subjects. 1767.
Paradise. A poem. 1769.
Poems on several subjects. 2 vols, 1769.
Philosophical and critical observations on the nature, characters, and various species of composition. 2 vols, 1774.
Rona: a poem in seven books. 1777.
An inquiry into the causes for the infidelity and scepticism of the times. 1783.
Fane of the druids; a poem. 1784.
Fane of the druids. Book second. 1789.
The theology of Plato, compared with the principles of Oriental and Grecian Philosophers. 1793.
Britannia, a national epic poem, in twenty books. 1801.
The triumphs of Christianity over deism. 1805.
An examination of the evidence from prophecy on behalf of the Christian religion. 1803.