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 primary object of the Society shall be to promote interest in the history, traditions, Scottish Gaelic language, arts and music of Scotland."

The Highland renaissance that occurred in the early 19th century was crucial to how we view Scotland’s identity, indeed to its very survival as a separate cultural entity. Founded in 1820, the Royal Celtic Society was the first organisation to recognise the importance of preserving that identity, in defiance of a largely hostile establishment.

The Society has continued to play a pivotal role in supporting the history, arts and way of life of Scotland, through a variety of activity:

  • Assisting with the publication of relevant historical and literary material
  • Giving grants and awards for:
    • Original composition in prose or poetry
    • Skill in the composition or performance of music
    • Proficiency in Scottish arts, music or industry
  • Assisting with collecting or preserving materials associated with these objectives, including music, song, literature and historical artefacts

If you would like to make a donation to assist the Society in its work, click here.