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 Gaelic literary canon is one of the oldest in Europe, with the exceptions of Latin and Ancient Greek, combining rich oral and written traditions.

It is that oral tradition, particularly in poetry and song, which preserved the language from terminal decline during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Supported by the Royal Celtic Society and other organisations, Gaelic writing revived during the 20th century with the emergence of literary giants such as Sorley Maclean and George Campbell Hay, a tradition that continues under the inspired leadership of writers including Angus Peter Campbell and Angus Nicolson.

It is one of the Royal Celtic Society’s stated objectives to support the work of Scottish poets, artists and writers; to make a donation towards this part of our work, please click here.