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Gaelic is an important part of
Scottish culture and heritage and has a long history in the city. St Giles’ Cathedral is glad to be contributing to the promotion and continued life of the Gaelic Language.

With the support of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, St Giles’ now have Gaelic walk around leaflets on sale for £1 at our welcome desk!

Gaelic Beginners Classes – 27th Feb – 20th March 2018

Thinking of learning Gaelic? St Giles’ is now offering Gaelic beginners classes on Tuesday Mornings, 10am – 11:30am on 27th Feb – 20th March. Classes are led by Ann McCluskey, and suitable for beginners and those looking to refresh their Gaelic. Entry is by recommended donation of £3 per class. To book your place, please contact:

Gaelic Lecture Series 2017 (now ended)


Tuesday 6th June 7:30pm – Dr Ewen Cameron

“The Political History of Gaelic Scotland”

Dr Ewen Cameron studied History and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen before completing a PhD, on Government policy in the Scottish Highlands, c.1880-1925, at the University of Glasgow. He is currently Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

See the highlights from this lecture, including video, here

Tuesday 13th June 7:30pm – Duncan Sneddon

“Gaelic in Scotland: the early middle ages”

This talk will outline the various languages spoken in early medieval Scotland, with a particular focus on the growth and development of Gaelic.  Place-names, heroic poetry, saints, kings and warriors  – all these and more will feature in this exploration of the early history of Scotland.
Duncan Sneddon is a PhD candidate in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, researching Adomnán of Iona’s “Life of St Columba”.  He completed his MA with Honours in Celtic and Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, before undertaking a Masters in Celtic Studies at the University of Oxford.  He is a member of Greyfriars Kirk, where he attends the Gaelic services.

See the highlight’s from this lecture here

Tuesday 20th June 7:30pm – Dr Anja Gunderloch

“A Gaelic poet in Edinburgh:  Donnchadh Bàn Macintyre”

Donnchadh Bàn Macintyre is one of the leading Gaelic poets of the eighteenth century who is especially celebrated for his poetry in praise of nature;  he also composed poetry in praise of various individuals, humorous verse, and songs that engage with the political situation of his time.  The poet spent more than half his life in Edinburgh, where he saw three editions of his work published in his lifetime.  He is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard where a fine monument commemorates him.
Dr Anja Gunderloch is a lecturer in Celtic at Edinburgh University and specialises in Gaelic poetry and culture before 1900. She has particular interests in the oral dimension of Gaelic verse and in the ways in which historical events and societal change are reflected in the Gaelic literary tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The collectors of Gaelic material who were active in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, their motivations and methodologies, and the material that they gathered together form another strand of her research.

See the highlights from this lecture here

Tuesday 27th June 7:30pm – James MacDonald Reid

“Scottish Storytelling”

This talk will sample one of Scotland’s oldest traditions. Edinburgh based storyteller James MacDonald Reid will take us on a journey across Scotland and look at the history of the oral tradition of storytelling in Scottish communities.
Born into a Gaelic speaking family, James MacDonald Reid is rooted in Highland Gaelic storytelling traditions.  He tells stories from direct living sources, tales from the epic cycles and legends of specific localities in Skye, Uist, Atholl, Argyll and Lochalsh. Reid is a hugely accomplished teller of tales; quietly humorous and learnedly respectful of his craft.

Tuesday 4th July 7:30pm – Gary Innes

“Gaelic Shinty and Traditional Music”

 Highland born accordionist and one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish super-group Mànran, Gary Innes has been playing Scottish traditional music for over 15 years. He has released a number of albums, the most recent “ERA” launched at Celtic Connections 2017. Retired now following a successful career as a Scottish Shinty captain and Internationalist, having won the Camanachd Cup final for the Fort William team on no less than 5 occasions Gary now commentates the main shinty fixtures for the BBC.

See the highlights from this lecture here

Tuesday 11th July 7:30pm – James Beaton

“Music in the Gaelic World”

James is an Argyllshire native, and currently works at Th e National Piping Centre in Glasgow, where he is Librarian and Co-Ordinator for the Centre’s HNC Music programme. He has a degree in Celtic Studies from Edinburgh University, and also holds postgraduate qualifications in library management from the University of Aberystwyth and Teaching and Learning in Higher Arts Education from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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 Tuesday 18th July 7:30pm – Dr Rob Dunbar

“18th – 20th Century Gaelic Literature”

Prior to assuming the Chair of Celtic at Edinburgh in June 2013, Dr Rob Dunbar was Senior Research Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and Research Director of the inter-university Soillse Research Project. Previously, Dr Dunbar was a lecturer then senior lecturer in Law at the University of Glasgow and reader then professor in Celtic and Law at the University of Aberdeen. He has been involved in Gaelic language development for 20 years, a member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig from 2006 to 2012 and MG Alba from 2004 to 2012, and was involved in the development of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and the creation of BBC Alba, Scotland’s Gaelic digital television service.

See the highlights from this lecture here

For further information or general enquiries about Learning Gaelic at St Giles’ Cathedral, please contact:

Fiona Murray Urquhart
Heritage and Culture Coordinator