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 now issued cheques to its annual beneficiaries, this year to 15 organisations, including museums, Highland games, music and literary festivals, pipe bands and clarsach groups.

Cllan Macpherson MuseumA letter from Ewen Macpherson, a long standing member of the Royal Celtic Society and Chairman of the Clan Macpherson Museum Trust, illustrates what one beneficiary has achieved over the years as a recipient of the Society's support.

The grant for the current year, writes Ewen, will be used for three external signs and additional information at the door, recommended by a recent marketing audit undertaken by the museum.  Additionally, our funding has in recent years paid for electronic temperature and humidity loggers and an ordnance survey map displayed in the Drumochter Room. Furthermore,  our support has contributed to the restoration of all the family portraits in the museum's extensive collection, display cases for the Sir Tommy Macpherson exhibition (currently showing) and a survey of artefacts by a professional conservator.

The Clan Macpherson Museum will welcome the Royal Celtic Society to Newtonmore on Sunday 10th July.  Members will be entertained to lunch at the home of council member Angus Macpherson of Biallid, followed by a visit to the Coffin Road, for which the Society funded new signage in 2014.  The Coffin Road is an ancient thoroughfare connecting the old commuties of the Newtonmore area with their cemetery at Banchor, intself situated on one of the oldest Christian sites in Scotland.  There will also be an opportunity to visit the award winning Highland Folk Park, the oldest open air museum in the United Kingdom, also in Newtonmore.

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