Royal Celtic Society ArmsThe Royal Celtic Society

For nearly 200 years, the Royal Celtic Society has been at the cutting edge of activity to support the language, literature, music and culture of the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. The Society holds regular events for members, awards medals for excellence in music and literature and sponsors a wide range of organisations dedicated to the traditions, language and arts of the Highlands and Islands.

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Bids Invited for the LearnGaelic Website

Public Contracts Scotland, the Government procurement body, is inviting bids to rebuild one of the Gaelic websites.  The notice reads as follows:

"Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gaidhilg, Scotland's Gaelic media service, is responsible for BBC Alba (in partnership with the BBC); Film G, the digital participation project; and LearnGaelic, the Gaelic learners' website, in collaboration with Bord na Gaidhlig, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Bord na Ceiltis (Alba) and others.

"MG Alba invites bids to re-design the LearnGaelic website.

"LearnGaelic was established in 2011 to support learners of Scottish Gaelic and describes itself as 'a first stop for everyone interested in learning Scottish Gaelic.'

Full details can be found on the Government website:



True Highlanders, Littlejohn and the History of Shinty

Hugh Dan 1We were delighted to welcome leading Gaelic broadcaster Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan as our guest speaker on Thursday 11th October.  This was the third in the Society's new lunchtime lecture series, taking place in the historic surroundings of the Dome Room, HM New Register House, Edinburgh.

Hugh Dan is principally known as a broadcaster in Gaelic and as a broadcaster on sport, and both formed the basis of a fascinating hour's talk.  He had brought with him two seminal texts on Gaelic culture, at least as it was perceived in the early 19th century, both beautiful, rare and historic volumes.  He began by taking his audience through the Book of the Club of the True Highlanders, a lavishly illustrated book compiled by Charles Niven McIntyre North on behalf of the Society of True Highlanders, founded by Alasdair Ranaldson Macdonnell of Glengarry at Inverlochy, close by the place where Hugh Dan spent his childhood.

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