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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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Elizabeth RoadsThe Royal Celtic Society's first members' event of 2017 will be our Spring Lunch, taking place once again in Edinburgh's prestigious New Club.

This is a reprise of the event launched this year, where we heard Dr Kristin Lindfield-Ott of the University of the Highlands and Islands speaking on her research into poet and translator James Macpherson and the Ossian controversy.

The event will take place on Sunday 19th March 2017 and represents remarkably good value at £30 per head, including wine.  Guests are invited for pre-lunch drinks at 12.30 pm. 

On this occasion, we are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Roads LVO, Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records, as our guest speaker.  Mrs Roads has been a member of the Royal Celtic Society for many years and is one of the most familiar figures in the world of heraldry.  She has more than 40 years' experience with the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, having worked with no fewer than five successive Lords Lyon, beginning with Sir James Monteith Grant.  She made history in 1987 when she was appointed Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary, the first ever female Officer of Arms.  Five years later she became Carrick Pursuivant before being promoted to Snawdoun Herald in 2010.  Two years ago, she was appointed Secretary to the Order of the Thistle, Scotland's highest order of chivalry, a post traditionally filled by the Lord Lyon himself.

This proved to be a very popular event with members in 2016 and we anticipate that demand will be high on this occasion, especially with the added attraction of Lyon Clerk as our guest speaker.  Members are therefore advised to book their places early by contacting the Secretary, as space is limited.

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