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Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

‘I am Gailic mad.’ Beatha agus saothair an Urr. Domhnall MacNeacail (1735–1802): coithionalan, cruinneachadh, còmhstri

Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart is Senior Lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and Course Leader in the MSc in Cultar Dùthchasach agus Eachdraidh na Gàidhealtachd/Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History. His research draws upon the history, literature, material culture, ethnology, oral tradition, and popular customs and beliefs of the early modern and modern Scottish Gàidhealtachd. This year Dr Stiùbhart has been awarded a University of Glasgow Library Research Fellowship in order to investigate the sermons of the Rev. Donald MacNicol preserved there: some 250,000 words in total.

With regard to his writings, the Rev. Donald MacNicol (1736–1802), minister of Lismore and Appin, was more productive – far more productive – than any of his contemporaries. His written legacy embraces poetry and song collections recorded by himself; an entire book published in London full of his opinions on Gaelic history and culture, as well as the related research notes; armfuls of Gaelic sermons; packets of letters; even a celebrated song he composed for his wife Lilias Campbell. During his own lifetime, MacNicol was recognised as one of the most distinguished scholars in the Scottish Highlands. His voice comes through distinctly in the thousands of words, Gaelic and English, that he bequeathed to posterity. In this paper I will examine the Rev. Donald MacNicol’s life, character, and work: what he tells us concerning himself, the language and culture of the Gaels, and the fast-changing world in which he lived.

Below you will find a copy of the Handout as part of the lecture but it will aslo be available during the seminar on Zoom

Handout

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Zoom details:

https://zoom.us/j/6086570437

Meeting ID: 608 657 0437

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