John Logan, a Scottish author, born near Edinburgh in 1748, died in London, Dec. 28, 1788. He completed his education at the university of Edinburgh, and was nominated a minister at Leith in 1773. In 1779 he delivered in Edinburgh a course of lectures on the philosophy of history, and in the following year was an unsuccessful candidate for the chair of history. His parishioners objecting to his writing for the stage, and charging him with intemperance, he was obliged to retire on a small pension, and devoted himself in London to literary pursuits. He edited in 1770 Michael Bruce's poems, but omitted some of that author's productions and inserted his own in their stead. His "Ode to the Cuckoo" (1770), and his hymns, which form part of the psalmody of the church of Scotland, attest a lyrical genius of a high order. A volume of his poems was published in 1781 (new ed., 1805, with the biography of the author). His other works include "Runnamede," a tragedy (1783); " Essay on the Manners of Asia " (1781-'7); "View of Ancient History" (2 vols., 1788); "Review of the principal Charges against Warren Hastings" (1788), which caused its publisher to be arraigned by the house of commons; and two volumes of sermons (1790-'91; 8th ed., 1822).