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LOCATION: Edinburgh
PERIOD: 1880s
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Libraries (typed pages)
COLLECTION NAME: Inaugural Address of the Celtic Chair of the University of Edinburgh
AUTHOR/CREATOR: Donald MacKinnon
DATE OF ORIGINAL: 1883

This address was given by Professor MacKinnon at his inauguration to the Chair of Celtic Studies at Edinburgh University.

The 1872 Education Act made no mention of Gaelic, either as a teaching medium or as a specific study. This meant that people had to fight to have Gaelic recognised as a teaching medium. The Gaelic Society of London made efforts to found a Celtic Chair at Aberdeen University and a survey was held into the desirability of a University Celtic Chair.

Professor John Stewart Blackie, Professor of Greek at Edinburgh University, was very keen to have a Celtic Chair established in Edinburgh and encouraged the Gaelic Society of Inverness to join him in fighting for its establishment.

Professor Donald MacKinnon was the first person appointed to the Chair of Celtic Studies at Edinburgh University in 1882. Professor MacKinnon was born on Colonsay in 1839 and held the Celtic Chair from 1882 until his death in 1914.

'University of Edinburgh Celtic Chair Inaugural Address', by Donald MacKinnon, MA (1883)




IDENTIFIER: Z_QZP40_2962_P001

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