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 donated its 200 year old archive to the National Library of Scotland.

In recent years, an increasing number of graduate and postgraduate students have wanted to access our records, recognising their importance to the study of the early 19th century romantic movement, which inspired the Society's foundation in January 1820.  The Council decided at its meeting on 19th March that the Society's collection of minute books, account books, correrspondence and other documents should therefore be made available to all.

Dr Ulrike Hogg, Curator of Gaelic, Music and Early Modern Manuscripts at the National Library, said, "We're extremely grateful to the Society for the donation of this archive.  It sheds an important light on the support and encouragement of Highland culture and traditions at such an early stage, and we are delighted that the National Library will be able to preserve these papers and make them available to the wider public."

The Society is grateful to Dr Hogg and the National Library for the conservation work which will be carried out on these documents in the coming weeks and months.

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