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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Further Engagement with Parkside School

ParksideThe Society has been making an annual donation to Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce for many years, going back to the days when it was the Gaelic class of Tollcross Primary School.

The school was established as an independent unit in August 2013, in its current location in Bonnington Road, and is Edinburgh's first dedicated, Gaelic-medium primary school.

The Council has been thinking about how the Society can do more to support the school in its independent incarnation.  Currently, it looks after around 300 primary age pupils, who come from a wide range of backgrounds - not just the children of Highland Scots in the capital.  In primary One alone, for example, there are three children of Polish parents and five whose first language is Spanish.

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Lecture Series Restarts with Peter Macdonald

Peter Macdonald Dome RoomThe Royal Celtic Society's annual lecture series for the period 2019/20 began on Wednesday 12th September, when renowned tartan historian Lt Col Peter Macdonald spoke on Tartan as a Jacobite Symbol, in the magnificent surroundings of the Dome Room in Edinburgh's New Register House.

Peter, Head of Research for the Scottish Tartans Authority, has made a lifelong study of Highland dress and brings his experience as a talented handloom weaver in his lectures, providing his audience with an understanding that is intensely practical as well as historical.  Tbis knowledge has uniquely enabled him, for example, to recreate ancient patterns from merest scraps of cloth which have survived, and to date these patterns from his deep knowledge of spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques through the ages.

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