1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Ogilvie

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:88-89.



A native of Scotland. His first publication was the Day of Judgement, a poem, which has been much admired, and which reached an improved edition, in the year 1758. He has written several poems since that time, which appeared singly, and were collected in two octavo volumes, in 1769. Rona, a poem, is his only poetical production since this collection was made. Perhaps, the best of these pieces are, The Day of Judgement and Providence, an allegorical poem. Upon the whole, they cannot be said to entitle their author to great distinction as a poet. Dr. Ogilvie's remaining works have been, a duodecimo volume of sermons, published in 1766; philosophical and critical Observations on Composition, in two octavo volumes, published in 1774; an Enquiry into the Causes of the Infidelity and Scepticism of the Times, published in an octavo volume, in 1783; and the Theology of Plato compared with the Principles of the Oriental and Grecian Philosophers, published in an octavo volume, in 1793. The Essay last mentioned was written for the Transactions of the Edinburgh Royal Society; but a regulation having passed, excluding all disquisitions of theology from their records, and the Essay having received the approbation of that body, it was presented, separately, to the public.