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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Presentation of ArmsThe Annual General Meeting of the Royal Celtic Society took place on Friday 6th October 2017 at Edinburgh's New Register House.

The Society was privileged to be allowed to use the magnificent Dome Room for the meeting and subsequent drinks and canape reception, a venue that is not usually available for such occasions.

The Dome Room is the principal, fireproof repository of the national records of Scotland, reaching 95 feet in height and containing over four miles of galleried shelving which house over half a million volumes.  (Consumers of the Harry Potter films will have seen this splendid place featured more than once in the series.)

All 12 council  members had indicated that they were prepared to stand for election again.  As there were no further nominations, the council was re-elected en bloc.  Our Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, Mr J Gordon Cameron WS, was re-elected.  He has now entered his 27th year in these roles and the Society owes him a great debt of gratitude for his exemplary management of its affairs.

The meeting was attended by Dr Joseph Morrow QC, the Rt Hon the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and by Mrs Elizabeth Roads LVO, the Lyon Clerk & Keeper of the Records, both long standing members of the Society. 

We are grateful to the Lord Lyon for a most entertaining and enlightening talk on the work of Lyon Court in the 21st century, after which Dr Morrow presented the Society's new Letters Patent to Alan Hay, Chairman of the Council, and Charles McKerrell of Hillhouse, the member who originally put the proposal that the Royal Celtic Society should have a Coat of Arms.

Our thanks to Council member Sir Iain Fraser for arranging this most memorable evening.


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