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 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Royal Celtic Society wil take place at Barony Castle Hotel, Eddleston, Peebles on Saturday 24th September 2016, kindly arranged on our behalf by Council member Madam May McKerrell of Hillhouse.

As usual, the AGM will form part of a wider day of activity for members, in this instance, lunch and the opportunity to visit the Great Polish Map of Scotland, created by Polish people in the 1970s and situated in the hotel's extensive policies.

Barony CastleBarony Castle, beautifully situated in the Border country which lies to the south of Edinburgh, is in itself an interesting historical site, built around the 16th century tower house of the Murrays of Blackbarony.  During the Second World War, it functioned as a training facility for Polish airmen, whose countrymen returned to the castle - by that time, a hotel owned by a Pole - to construct the Great Polish Map of Scotand during the 1970s in gratitude for the role of the castle and the support of the local community for exiled Polish freedom fighters during those difficult times.

At 50 metres in diameter, it is the biggest relief map in the world and, for once, we will be hoping for some rain, so that the lochs are full and the rivers running.

The Council of the Royal Celtic Society will meet at Barony Castle during the morning of 24th September, where the main business will be to revise the Society's charitable giving.  Members and their guests are invited to arrive for a drinks reception at 12.30 pm.  Lunch will follow at 1.00 pm, followed by a guided tour of the map, with the Annual General Meeting convened from 3.30 pm.


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