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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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Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight

malcolm innesSir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, the Royal Celtic Society's much respeted Vice President and past President, celebrates his 80th birthday today, Friday 25th August.

A former Lord Lyon King of Arms, Sir Malcolm's invovlement with the Society marks a long relationship with the Court of the Lord Lyon, which dates from the Society's foundation in 1820 and continues to the present day.  Last year, he made the headlines when he celebrated 60 years continuous service as an officer of arms, making him one of the longest serving heralds in Lyon Office's 600 year history.

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RCS Supports University Ballad Event

The Royal Celtic Society is delighted to announce that it will sponsor part of Edinburgh University's conference on the Ulster Cycle and Finn Cycle next month in Skye.

The conference, formally titled Ulidia VI Fianaigecht III takes place at Sabhal Mor Ostaig.  The Society will sponsor the production of Bas Chonlaoich (the Death of Conlaoch), a dramatic performance of one of Scotland's greatest Gaelic heroic ballads.

The Society will further supply four bursaries to enable postgraduate students with limited incomes to attend the conference.  We are delighted to be sharing this part of the sponsorship with the Skye Gaelic Trust, which was founded by our former president, the late Sir Iain Noble of Ardkinglas.

This production of Bas Chonlaoich will goon to play a central role in the programme for the Scottish International Storytelling Conference at Edinburgh's Netherbow Theatre in October.

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