School of Scottish Studies

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The School of Scottish Studies (Scottish Gaelic: Sgoil Eòlais na h-Alba, Scots: Scuil o Scots Studies) was founded in 1951 by Professor William Lindsay Renwick and is affiliated to the University of Edinburgh. It holds an archive of over 9000[1] field recordings of traditional music, song and other lore, housed in George Square, Edinburgh. The collection was begun by Calum Maclean - brother of the poet, Sorley MacLean - and the poet, writer and folklorist, Hamish Henderson, both of whom collaborated with American folklorist Alan Lomax, who is credited as being a catalyst and inspiration for the work of the school.[2][3]

From 1984 to 1995, the writer, singer and ethnologist, Margaret Bennett - mother of musician Martyn Bennett - worked for the school.[4] In 2012, Mòrag MacLeod, a researcher at the school for forty years, was awarded a Sàr Ghaidheal Fellowship for her contribution to Gaelic language and culture.[5]

The collection of Scottish Gaelic folklorist Lady Evelyn Stewart Murray is held at the School. The collection documents the now dead Perthshire Gaelic dialect.[6]

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  1. ^ School of Scottish Studies Archives retrieved 7 May 2013
  2. ^ Oral History, Vol. 2, No. 1, (Spring, 1974), p62.
  3. ^ The Gatherer of Songs, 2002, Tom McKean Archived 4 August 2012 at
  4. ^ A Chat with Margaret Bennett, Frank R. Shaw
  5. ^ Stornoway Gazette retrieved 22 August 2013
  6. ^ Ewan, Elizabeth; Innes, Sue; Reynolds, Sian (2006-01-01). The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women: From the Earliest Times to 2004. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. p. 344. ISBN 9780748617135.

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