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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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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.  

On Thursday 11th October, Dr Hugh Dan Maclennan, a leading Gaelic broadcaster, particularly in the field of sport, will lead a compare and contrast session which looks at two of the leading Celtic texts of the early 19th century, the Littlejohn Album and the Book of the Club of True Highlanders.

Monday 3rd December will see Dr Jospeh Morrow CBE, QC, the Rt Hon the Lord Lyon King of Arms, speak on the Heraldry of the Clans.

Following a Christmas and New Year break, the series will resume on 19th February 2019 with Dr Anja Gunderloch of Edinburgh University's Department of Celtic, on Donnchadh Ban MacIntyre: a Gaelic Poet in Edinburgh, as she relates the story of one of the great Highland poets of the 18th century.

Further dates will be announced in due course.

These are very informal events, designed to appeal to visitors to Edinburgh and to people who work in the city, as much as to members of the Society.  Those on a lunch hour are welcome to bring their sandwiches and consume them as the talk progresses, and those who need to return to their workplace before the end are also welcome to leave....quietly!

Costs are £5.00, with concessions - members of the Society, old age pensioners and students - at £2.00.  All are welcome.

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