John Ogilvie was born in 1733, and was minister of Midmar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, from 1759 until his death in 1814. He published some theological and philosophical treatises, and a number of poems.
Ogilvie, John, D.D., eldest son of the Rev. James Ogilvie, or Ogilvy, of Aberdeen, was born at Aberdeen in 1733. After studying at the University of Aberdeen (Marischal College), which, in 1766, conferred upon him the degree of D.D., he became parish minister of Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, in 1759, and of Midmar, Aberdeenshire, in 1760. He died at Midmar, Nov. 17, 1813. He published a number of poetical works, and among others Poems on Several Subjects, in 2 vols. (London, 1769). This includes his well known paraphrase of Psalm cxlviii.— “Begin, my soul, the exalted lay.” He was a member of the Committee appointed by the General Assembly of 1775, to revise the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases of 1745, and is said to have contributed No. 62, “Lo, in the last of days behold”, to the 1781 authorized ed. of the same.