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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Edinburgh's prestigious New Club was once again the setting for the Royal Celtic Society's Spring lunch on Sunday 19th March.  Members travelled from all over Scotland to the Princes Street venue to hear Elizabeth Roads LVO, Snawdoun Herald at the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, speak on her 40-plus years with Scotland's heraldic authority.

Among distinguished guests present, we were pleased to welcome Dr William Duncan, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's principal academic association, established in 1783 and whose membership comprises around 1600 of Scotland's leading scholars, across all academic disciplines.

The Royal Celtic Society's membership has grown strongly in the last 12 months and we were particularly happy to be joined by a large number of new members, who were participating in the Society's events for the first time.  These included a group of five who had travelled all the way from Belgium to attend, including M Fernand Dacquin, a Keeper of the Quaich and organiser of the annual whisky festival in Ghent, and Mr John Wembridge, founder of the very successful Flemish Caledonian Society, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next month.  We are grateful to them all for making the long journey to be with us and offer our congratulations to the Flemish Caledonian Society on their anniversary.

Our guest speaker is one of our leading authorities on heraldry and genealogy.  She has worked at the Court of the Lord Lyon since 1975 and has been Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records since 1986.  The following year, she made history with her appointment as the first ever female officer of arms.  She gave a very entertaining speech on the development of Lyon Court over the last 40 years, during which time she has served with no fewer than five Lords Lyon, and described convincingly how heraldry is as relevant and useful to day as it was at its inception more than 800 years ago.  We thank her for giving her time and expertise.





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