Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow Vol. 1 (1887-1891)

May 28, 2015 by

GlasgowTransactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow Vol. 1 (1887-1891) by the Gaelic Society of Glasgow was originally published in 1887. Incredible piece of history for those interested in 19th century Scotland, specifically Glasgow.

A few of the contents to give you a better feel for the contents of this interesting book:

GiUemhuiij Aotrom, by Mr. Neil Macleod
Donald Macleod, the Skye — his life and songs
Sketches of Kintyre, by Mr. Duncan Reid
Gaelic Language, by Mr. Dugald MacFarlane
The Feeling for Nature in Gaelic Poetry, by Mr. W. Jolly
Some Ancient Celtic Customs, by Mr. Henry Whyte
Notes on Ancient Gaelic Medicine, by Dr. A. Clerk
Life in the; Highlands a hundred years ago, by Mr. J. G. Mackay
Some Rare Gaelic Books
Celticism — its influence on English Literature, by Mr. Alex. MacDonald

The Celtic Muse in Lowland Garb, by Mr. John Mackay
Ancient Celtic Laws, by Mr. Hugh Macleod


AND…A few paragraphs to give you a wee taste:

One of the aims of this Society is to utilise, as far as possible, the provincial knowledge of Gaelic and kindred subjects possessed by Highlanders resident in this city. Nothing could further this object better than that members who have the honour of writing papers for our meetings should deal, when convenient and desirable, with subjects which, while of general interest, have special reference to their native village or parish. Besides, the essayist, when not a specialist, should select a subject with which he is likely to be most familiar.

Guided to some extent by these considerations, I have thought it appropriate to say a little about a man with Whose name, and some of whose songs, I have been more or less familiar since my early childhood, and whose merit and standing as a Gaelic poet certainly entitle him to a high place among our bards. Donald Macleod, or as he is popularly known in Skye, Dbmhmdl nati Oran, was born in Glendale, Isle of Skye, in the year 1787. His father, Neil Macleod, was a small farmer, and a man of remarkable shrewdness and intelligence. It does not appear, however, that he posed as a bard, but his sagacity and counsel were often the means of amicably settling disputes and petty quarrels among his neighbours. His mother, Janet Macpherson, was a kind-hearted and amiable woman. Donald, being the only son, would have probably received the best available school education, but in those days schools, especially in the Highlands, were few and far between, so young Donald’s education was comparatively neglected. Still, when he left school, he could speak and write English fairly well, and in after years he managed to accumulate a vast store of general information. He composed his first song — Moladh aitreamh Euairidh, at the age of fifteen years, the subject being a new house belonging to Roderick Macneil, a successful merchant at Stein, and an intimate friend of the poet’s father.”



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