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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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nrh dome seminar facilityThe Royal Celtic Society's public lecture series, running from September through to March, will resume on Wednesday 12th September.

The speaker is world renowned tartan expert and handloom weaver Lt Col Peter Eslea Macdonald TD, Head of Research for the Scottish Tartans Authority, who will speak on Tartan as a Jacobite Symbol.  The event will take place at 1.00 pm in the magnificent setting of the Dome Room, New Register House, West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT.

Tartan was used as a Jacobite emblem during the last Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and its symbolism was prominent in the Highland Revivla which followed the repeal of the Act of Proscription in 1782, which enabled Highlanders to resume the wearing of Highland Dress.  Peter will be making particular reference in this regard to artefacts such as the Moy Plaid and the Caledonian Society's uniform coat, recently acquired by the Scottish Tartans Authority with the financial support of the Royal Celtic Society, and will be displaying some of these unique artefacts as part of his presentation.

Peter is an outstanding speaker and unquestionably the leading global authority in his field, so this promises to be a memorable occasion.

These lectures are public occasions, equally intended for visitors to Edinburgh and local residents, as well as members of the Society.  The format is informal and intended to accommodate those on a lunch hour: people in the midst of a working day are welcome to bring thier sandwiches and equally to leave early if they need to return to work.  The cost is £5.00 per person, or £2.00 for concessions, ie, members of the Society, old age pensioners and students.  All are welcome.

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