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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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Edinburgh Lecture Series Set to Resume

Peter MacdonaldThe Royal Celtic Society's acclaimed public lecture series will resume on Wednesday 12th September, continuing through until March 2019.  These lectures take place in the magnificent surroundings of the Dome Room, HM New Register House, West Register Street, Edinburgh, at 1.00 pm continuing through until around 2.00 pm, although the question and answer sessions often go on for much longer.

The season will begin with a lecture entitled Tartan as a Jacobity Symbol, given by Lt Col Peter Eslea Macdonald TD (pictured), the world renowned tartan scholar and handloom weaver, who is Head of Research for the Scottish Tartans Authority.  

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Scottish Days Festival at Waterloo

The weekend of 18th and 19th August saw the Society represented for the first time at Schotse Dagen, an annual festival of Scotland in Belgium, taking place at the historic Ferme d'Hougoumont, the key strategic site of the Royal Horse Artillery's battery, on which the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo turned.

This is a full scale Highland Games event, attracting heavy athletes from all over the world and pipers, dancers and pipe bands from the length and breadth of Belgium.  Visitors travelled from all over Western Europe - we even met one couple from Romania - keen to discover something of Scotland's cultural context and what our country has to offer.

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