He had also gathered together some pieces of old Gaelic poetry which he had found among the Highland folk.
Macpherson was no longer a poor Highland laddie, but a man of world-wide fame.
All who read it were delighted with the poems, and said that if there was any more such poetry in the Highlands, it should be gathered together and printed before it was lost and forgotten for ever.
So now people begged Macpherson to travel through the Highlands and gather together as much of the old poetry of the people as he could.
For four months Macpherson wandered about the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, listening to the tales of the people and writing them down.
And what most men believe now is that Macpherson did really gather from among the people of the Highlands many scraps of ancient poetry and tales, but that he added to them and put them together in such a way as to make them beautiful and touching.
This is no furniture for the scholar's library, but a book for the winter evening school-room when the tasks are over and the hour for bed draws near; and honest Alan, who was a grim old fire-eater in his day has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands
and the last century, and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.
Some consider Highland
Park a suburban paradise: clean and pristine with tree-lined curving streets, sprawling homes, upscale stores and boutiques, low crime rates, and some of the best schools in the state.