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Islands in the Sun? The Gaelic World in Archipelagic Politics c. 1400–c. 1600

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On the evening of Tuesday 6th November, the Centre was delighted to welcome Dr Simon Egan, who continued our Islands theme with a stimulating introduction to his current research project, which investigates the role played by the ‘Gaelic world’ in the wider political theatre of the Atlantic Archipelago (aka the British Isles) from the 15th… Continue reading

Translating Gaelic: Duncan Ban MacIntyre’s ‘Praise of Ben Doran’ and Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair’s ‘Birlinn of Clanranald’

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This week (13/02/2018), the Centre had the pleasure of welcoming our very own Professor Alan Riach. Alan is a professor here at the University of Glasgow within the Scottish Literature department, and the author of a vast number of works, the most recent of which is The Winter Book (Luath Press: Edinburgh, 2017). However, Professor… Continue reading

The Black Loch of Myrton: The Evolution of a Defended Iron Age Settlement in a Wetland Setting (First Millenia Study Group Event)

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On Tuesday 6th February 2018, the Centre was delighted to welcome Anne Crone (Project Manager) and Graeme Cavers (Director) of AOC Archaeology to discuss some of their findings from the excavation of an Iron Age wetland settlement at the Black Loch of Myrton. The meeting was one of a series of lectures facilitated by the… Continue reading

Ronald Black: ‘How Did the Reformation Change the Gaelic World?’

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On Tuesday 28 November, the Centre was delighted to welcome Ronald Black, one of the most distinguished scholars of Gaelic literature and culture, to deliver the 12th Annual Angus Matheson Lecture. This year marks the 61st anniversary of the appointment of Angus Matheson as first Chair of Celtic at the University, a post he would… Continue reading

‘Outside the Whale: Conceiving a Nation’

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On Tuesday, 26 September 2017 the Centre welcomed Gilbert Márkus (Glasgow) to discuss several themes behind his new book Conceiving a Nation. Prof Dauvit Broun highly recommended the book, stating that Márkus uses the entire range of textual material, including hagiography as literature and poetry, and places these materials in their archaeological context to create a bold new history… Continue reading

Historical Conversations – T. C. Smout

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Historical Conversations kicked off in the Kelvin Hall, University of Glasgow on 19 September 2017. In conversation with Dr. Catriona Macdonald, Reader in Late Modern Scottish History, Historiographer Royal T.C. Smout delighted the audience with a discussion of his stellar career in the academy, as well as the influences that shaped his work. One innovative… Continue reading

‘Personal names and bynames in Late Medieval Scotland’

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On 9 May, 2017, the Centre welcomed Professor Stephen Boardman (University of Edinburgh) to discuss ‘Personal names and bynames in Late Medieval Scotland.’ In this lecture, Steve sought to discuss two areas of research: how Scottish aristocrats named their children at baptism between 1300 and 1500 AD, why descriptive and behavioral nicknames became attached to… Continue reading

‘Celtic Fantasy: A Round-Table Discussion’

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On 2 May, 2017, the Centre welcomed Robert Maslen, Geraldine Parsons, and Thomas Clancy (University of Glasgow) to host a Celtic Fantasy Round-Table Discussion. In this seminar, each of the lecturers had chosen an early medieval text to compare and contrast with a modern fantasy novel which had been based on medieval stories. Both the… Continue reading

‘Patriotic Propaganda during the Rough Wooing: The Complaynt of Scotland (1549)’

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On 28 March, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Roger Mason (University of St Andrews) to discuss ‘Patriotic Propaganda during the Rough Wooing: The Complaynt of Scotland (1549)’ for the Third Annual John Durkan Memorial Lecture. Roger spoke about John Durkan, who he said was particularly encouraging of young scholars, including himself after he… Continue reading