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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The Royal Celtic Society has announced its schedule of members’ events for 2016.

The first will be a lunch at the New Club in Edinburgh on Sunday 6th March, when we welcome Dr Kristin Lindfield-Ott of Highlands and Islands University, who will give an illustrated talk on James Macpherson, the controversial 18th century poet and editor. Tickets are available from the secretary at £29,50 per head, including drinks.

The Highland Folk Museum at NewtonmoreOn Sunday 10th July, the Society will visit Newtonmore, taking in the award winning Highland Folk Museum, the oldest outdoor museum in the country, before meeting at the Clan Macpherson Museum at midday. The Royal Celtic Society supports the Clan Macpherson Museum with an annual grant. Members will then be entertained to lunch by council member Angus Macpherson of Biallid and his wife, Valerie, at their home, before exploring the Coffin Road.

This historic route connects Newtonmore to the cemetery and St Bride’s Church, which occupies the site of a very early Christian cell. The Royal Celtic Society funded the new signage for this route in 2014.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 24th September at the Barony Castle Hotel, Eddleston, Peebles. The meeting will be followed by lunch and a visit to the Great Polish Map of Scotland. At more than 50 metres in diameter, this is the biggest relief map in the world, currently undergoing restoration. It was created by Polish servicemen who were stationed there during the Second World War in gratitude for the hospitality of local Scots.

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