See also:born at Soutra, Midlothian, in 1748 . His
See also:Logan, was a
See also:farmer and a member of the Burgher
See also:sect of the
See also:church .
See also:John Logan was sent to
See also:Musselburgh grammar school, and in 1762 to the university of
See also:Edinburgh . In 1768-'769 he was tutor to John, afterwards
See also:Sir John, Sinclair, at Ulbster,
See also:Caithness, and in 1770, having
See also:left the Secession church, he was licensed as a preacher by the
See also:presbytery of Haddington . In 1771 he was presented to the
See also:charge of South
See also:Leith, but was not ordained till two years later . On the
See also:death of Michael
See also:Bruce (q.v.) he obtained that poet's
See also:MSS. with a view to publication . In 1770 he published Poems on Several Occasions, by Michael Bruce with a preface, in which, after eulogizing Bruce, who had been a
See also:fellow student of his, he remarked that " to make up a
See also:miscellany some poems wrote by different authors are inserted, all of them originals, and none of them destitute of merit . The reader of taste will easily distinguish them from those of Mr Bruce, without their being particularized by any mark." Logan was an active member of the
See also:committee of the General
See also:Assembly of the Church of Scotland which worked from 1775 to 1781 at revising the "
See also:Translations and Paraphrases " for public worship, in which many of his
See also:hymns are printed . In 1779-1781 he delivered a course of lectures on the philosophy of
See also:history at St Mary's
See also:Chapel, Edinburgh . An analysis of these lectures, Elements of the Philosophy of History (1781), bears striking resemblance to A View of
See also:Ancient History (1787), printed as the
See also:work of Dr W . Rutherford, but thought by Logan's friends to be his . In 1781 he published his own Poems, including the " Ode to the
See also:Cuckoo " and some other poems which had appeared in his
See also:volume of Michael Bruce's poems, and also his own contributions to the Paraphrases .
His other publications were An
See also:Essay on the
See also:Manners and Governments of
See also:Asia (1782), Runnamede, a tragedy (1783), and A Review of the
See also:Principal Charges against
See also:Warren Hastings (1788) . His connexion with the theatre gave offence to his
See also:congregation at South Leith; he was intemperate in his habits, and there was some
See also:scandal attached to his name . He resigned his charge in 1786, retaining
See also:part of his
See also:stipend, and proceeded to
See also:London, where he became a writer for the
See also:English Review . He died on the 28th of
See also:December 1788 . Two
See also:posthumous volumes of sermons appeared in 1790 and 1791 . They were very popular, and were reprinted in 181o . His Poetical
See also:Works were printed in Dr Robert
See also:British Poets (vol. xi., 1795), with a
See also:life of the author . They were reprinted in similar collections, and separately in 1805 . Logan was accused of having appropriated in his Poems (1781) verses written by Michael Bruce . The statements of John
See also:Birrell and
See also:Pearson on behalf of Bruce were included in Dr Anderson's Life of Logan . The charge of
See also:plagiarism has been revived from
See also:time to time, notably by Dr W . Mackelvie (1837) and Mr
See also:Mackenzie (1905) .
The whole controversy has been marked by strong partisanship . Thechief points against Logan are the suppression of the major portion of Bruce's MSS. and some proved cases of plagiarism in his sermons and hymns . Even in the beautiful " Braes of
See also:Yarrow " one of the verses is borrowed
See also:direct from an old border ballad . The traditional evidence in favour of Bruce's authorship of the " Ode to the Cuckoo" can hardly be set aside, but Dr
See also:Robertson of Dalmeny, who was Logan's
See also:literary executor, stated that he had gone over the MSS. procured at Kinnesswood with Logan . Logan's authorship of the poems in dispute is defended by David
See also:Laing, Ode to the Cuckoo with remarks on its authorship, in a
See also:letter to J . C .
See also:Shairp, LL.D . (1873) ; by John Small in the British and
See also:Foreign Evangelical Review (
See also:July, 1877,
See also:April and
See also:October, 1879); and by R . Small in two papers (ibid., 1878) . See also BauCE, MICHAEL .
JOHN LOGAN (c. 1725-1780)
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