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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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RCS at the Royal Braemar Gathering

Braemar 2018 John Mackay Hope Vere Anderson Alan Hay Duncan HayFollowing a very successful day at the Lonach Gathering on Saturday 25th August, the Royal Celtic Society once again held open house at a similar facility at the Royal Braemar Gathering on Saturday 1st September, where we took our place in the marquee alongside Clans Farquharson, Anderson, Mackenzie, Hay, MacRae and Clan Chattan, together with the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Victoria League.

Although it is the most famous Highland Games in the world, situated close by Balmoral Castle, hugely popular and unique in that the Sovereign is Chieftain of the Games, the Braemar Gathering somehow manages to retain the feel of a local event, perhaps aided by the relative intimacy of the small arena in the Princess Royal and  Duke of Fife Memorial Park in the village.

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Lonach Gathering 2018

Lonach 2018The Royal Celtic Society was represented for the first time at Lonach on Saturday 25th August, with a hospitality tent on the games field where we were delighted to welcome members, friends, guests and potential members.  This was the 177th Lonach Gathering since the foundation of the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society by local laird Sir Charles Forbes of Newe in 1823.

Despite its growing international reputation - demonstrated by the large number of visitors from North America and Europe who called on us throughout the day - Lonach has managed to preserve its integrity as a local event, run for and by the local community in the Aberdeenshire village of Strathdon.

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