1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Ogilvie

Anonymous, Obituary in Analectic Magazine [Philadelphia] NS 4 (July 1814) 87.



Died in Scotland — Doctor Ogilvie, almost the only survivor of a number of literary characters among the Scottish clergy, whose fame commenced with the accession of his present majesty, and has adorned the long course of his reign. Though chiefly known as a poet, and a critic in belles-lettres, he published several sermons, an essay on the theology of Plato, and an examination of the arguments against christianity, that have been adduced by deistical writers. As a preacher he was distinguished by an easy flow of language, and an energy and pathos of natural eloquence, which frequently touched the hearts of his audience, and never failed to excite interest and attention: and though he was a man of learning and genius who resided in a remote district, his manners were bland and unassuming, and his character had all the simplicity of a child. His works, as an author, are before the public and will speak for themselves. It may, however, be mentioned in this place, that his first poem, viz. that on the Day of Judgment, was composed in his 16th, and published in his 18th year: that the last considerable poem which he wrote, namely that entitled Human Life, was published in 1806, when he was 74 years old; and that in his 78th year, he wrote a beautiful short elegy to the memory of the late learned and ingenious Professor Scott.

Dr. Ogilvie was the next heir to the title of Earl of Findlater and Seafield. By his death this title devolves upon his eldest son, James Ogilvie, the celebrated orator.