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The Sabhal Mòr Lecture

All pdf files are bilingual (Gàidhlig and English) unless indicated otherwise.


1990   Dealbh an Leabhair   James Hunter
Crofting Works - But it Could and Should Work Better

James Hunter was born and brought up in Duror in North Argyll.  He was educated at Oban High School, Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities.  Dr Hunter has been a journalist, broadcaster and writer.  His books include The Making of the Crofting Community and Skye: The Island (with photographer Cailean Maclean)
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1991   Dealbh an Leabhair   Lord Gus MacDonald
The Gaelic Window

Gus MacDonald lives in Glasgow and was educated at Allan Glen's School in Glasgow.  Between 1955 and 1962 he worked as a marine engineer on Clydeside during which time he presented editions of ABC Television's religious programs for young people Sunday Break.  Moving to journalism he first worked with The Sunday Times as an investigative reporter with the Insight team.  In 1965 he moved back north as a feature writer with The Scotsman in Edinburgh and the following year was made Editor of The Financial Scotsman. He joined Granada Television in Manchester in 1967 and in 69 was appointed Joint Editor of World of Action, winning a BAFTA for Best Current Affairs series.  In 1985 he was appointed Director of Programmes at STV and increased STV sales to the ITV network from £3M in 1986 to £14M in 1991.
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1992   Picture of the Book   John Goodlad
Shaping our Future - A Shetland Perspective

John Goodlad graduated in 1987 from Aberdeen University with an MA (Hons) in Geography, and continued at that institution to achieve an M.Litt in 1980.  From then until 1999 he acted as CEO of the Shetland Fishermans' Association, and from 1990 to 2007 owned and operated his own fish farm.  From 2007 onwards he has acted a Fisheries Consultant and Director of several fisheries companies.
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1993   Picture of the Book   Una MacLean
Women of the Western Isles

Dr Una Maclean was born in Applecross in July 1925 and was educated at Dingwall Academy and Graduated top of her class in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1949. She was posted to the Aden Protectorate in 1952, and being the only woman doctor, was permitted to treat local Muslim women in the harems of local merchants. After returning to Edinburgh she taught at the University's Department of Community Medicine and became acting Head of Department. She was admitted as as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of the city. She also took an active interest in politics and was an ardent supporter of Devolution for Scotland.  Dr MacLean died in September 2012.
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1994       Dr John Purser   n/a
1995   Picture of the Book   Alasdair Moffat
Dreams and Deconstructions

Alasdair Moffat is from Kelso in the Scottish Border country.   He took degrees at the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, and London, and played rubgy for Kelso and his Universities.  In 1976 he took charge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which burgeoned into the largest arts festival in the world.  After a period as Scottish Television's Arts Correspondent, he was appointed Controller of Features and then Director of Programmes.  He is now Chief Executive of Scottish Television Enterprises, the network production subsidiary of STV.  His published works include The Edinburgh Fringe; Kelsae, a History of Kelso from Earliest Times and Remembering Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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1996   Picture of the Book   Donnie Munro
Dreams from Hard Places

Donnie Munro was born in Uig, Skye and educated at Portree Primary and High School before studying Fine ARts at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, then Post graduate studies at Moray House College of Education.  He founded the band Runrig who became know as the "Gaelic Rock Band", making their mark on contemporary music and raising awareness of the language and culture with an international audience.   He was elected as Rector of the University of Edinburgh in 1991. He also stood as Labour candidate for Ross, Skye and Inverness west.  He is currently Director of Development at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
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1997   Picture of the Book   Mary Robinson, President of the Republic of Ireland
Signatures on Our Own Frequency

Mary Robinson was born in Ballina, County Mayo in 1944 and was educated at Mount Anville Secondary School in Dublin and studied Law at Trinity College Dublin and Harvard Law School, and was appointed Reid Professor of Law at Trinity. She served in the Irish Senate from 1969-89 and was elected President of Ireland in 1990. In this role she worked towards improving relations with the United Kingdom, becoming the first Irish President to visit Buckingham Palace and receiving the Prince of Wales at her official residence in Dublin. She has also made considerable progress in achieving equal rights for women and minority groups in Ireland.
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1998       Calum Macdonald MP/ Eamon O Cuiv TD   n/a
1999   Picture of the Book   Chancellor Gordon Brown
Social Justice Through Partnership

Gordon Brown was born in 1951 and educated at Kirkcaldy High School and the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with a First Class Honours degree and then a Doctorate.  He was Rector of the University and Chariman of the Univrsity Court between 1972 and 1975.  After becoming an MP Mr Brown was Chair of the Labour PArty Scottish Council (1983-84), and before becoming Shadow Chancellor he helod two other senior posts on the opposition front bench - Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1987-89) and Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary (1989 - 92).
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2000   Picture of the Book   First Minister Donald Dewar
The Highlands, Gaelic and the New Scotland

Donald Dewar was born in Glasgow and educated at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated with an MA in History in 1961, and LLB in 1964.  He worked as a lawyer in the city until 1966, when he stood in the General Election as the Labour candidate for Aberdeen South, which he won.  The seat was lost in 1970, however he was re-elected to parliament in Glasgow Garscadden in 1978 and remained in situ for the rest of his career.  In 1983 he was appointed Shadow Secretary for Scotland, and between 1977 and 1999 he served as Secretary of State for Scotland.  He was a strong supporter of Devolution and on the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 he served as the inaugural First Minister of Scotland.  Mr Dewar died on 11th October 2000 a few weeks after delivering this lecture.
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2001       There was no lecture in this year.   n/a
2002       Professor Micheal O Suilleabhain   n/a
2003       There was no lecture in this year.   n/a
2004       First Minister Jack McConnell   n/a
2005   Picture of the Book   Professor C Duncan Rice
Education for Northern Places: Old and New

Professor Rice has been Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen since 1996.  He was previously Dean of the Faculty (85-91) and Vice Chancellor (91-96) at New York University.  He was born in Aberdeen and took a first in history at the University of Aberdeen in 1964.  He taught briefly there and completed a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh before spending much of his professional life at Yale and New York.  He currently serves on the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Scotland, is Chairman of the UK Socrates-Erasmus Trust, a member of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association Board and is Vice Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Grampian.
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