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Life and Times of Rev. Charles Robertson

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Ionad Iain Nobail

Free event and open to all to attend.

Rev. Charles M. Robertson (1864–1927) was one of the greatest Scottish Gaelic scholars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A native of Strathtay in Perthshire, his work as a minister took him round the Highlands to places such as Arran, Argyle, Lochaber, Inverness-shire, Nairnshire, Sutherland, Wester Ross, Skye, Jura and Islay, as well as his native Perthshire. For over thirty years Robertson rigorously gathered detailed information on place-names, dialect and folklore from local Gaelic speakers. He did this at a time when Gaelic was still the dominant language in these places, and much of the information that he gathered, especially place-names, would have otherwise been completely lost to us were it not for his surviving notebooks.

Dr Jacob King has recently published Robertson’s place-name material as Scottish Gaelic Place-Names: The Collected Works of Charles M. Robertson. In this talk Dr King  will survey the place-name material as well as the vast amount of unpublished Gaelic dialect material Robertson produced in his lifetime. 

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