1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jerome Stone

Alexander Campbell, in Introduction to the History of Poetry in Scotland (1798) 35, 239.



Mr. Jerome Stone, schoolmaster at Dunkeld, made some paraphrases of ancient poems which appeared long before McPherson thought of collecting or translating his Fragments of ancient poetry published in 1760. This then is another proof, that ancient fragments of Gaelic poetry were known to exist, prior to McPherson's translation of Ossian's poems....

About this time [1757] the ingenious Jerom Stone, formerly noticed as a paraphrast, (see p. 35.) died. Although no collection of his original pieces has appeared, yet he possessed too much merit to be passed by unheeded. Many of his humorous poems were printed in the Scots Magazine, and several were also inserted in Donaldson's collection hereafter to be mentioned. See Sir J. Sinclair's statistical accounts, (parish of Scoonie) see also Smith's Gaelic antiquities, note p. 93.