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Buchanan, Dugald [Dughall Bochanan] (1716–1768), Gaelic poet, was born on the farm of Ardoch, Strathyre, in the parish of Balquhidder, western Perthshire, the son of John Buchanan, a quiet, God-fearing man who rented a farm and owned a small meal mill, and Janet Ferguson...

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Grant, Peter [Pàdraig Grannd nan Òran] (1783–1867), Baptist minister and Gaelic evangelical poet, was born on 30 January 1783 at Ballintua, Strathspey, Scotland, the youngest of the five children of Donald Grant (d. 1806), a farmer, and his wife, Janet Stuart. Peter...

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MacCodrum, Iain [John] (1693?–1779), Scottish Gaelic poet, was born at Aird an Runnair in North Uist, the son of Farquhar MacCodrum (d. c.1740), a crofter. MacCodrum lived in various locations in North Uist throughout his life. Apart from a youthful satirical piece, there are no dated poems ascribed to him until the late 1740s. Two of his poems appeared, without acknowledgement, in ...

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MacDonald, Alexander [pseud. Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair] (c. 1695–c. 1770), Scottish Gaelic poet, was born at Dalilea on the north bank of Loch Shiel; he was the second son of the Revd Alexander MacDonald (Maighstir Alasdair; c.1655–1724), the episcopalian clergyman in the wide parish of ...

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MacDonald, John [known as Iain Lom] (c. 1624–c. 1710), Scottish Gaelic poet, the son of Donald MacDonald (d. 1646?), was apparently descended from Iain Alainn, who succeeded to the chiefship of the MacDonalds of Keppoch c.1497–8. He has a high reputation as a political and clan poet, commenting on the affairs of the ...

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MacKay, Iain Dall (1656?–1754), piper, composer, and bard, was born at Meikle Talladale, Loch Maree, in the parish of Gairloch, Wester Ross, the only child of Ruairidh MacKay (c.1590–1689), piper to MacKenzie of Gairloch. The name of his mother is unknown; she is said to have been a daughter of the ...

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Mackay, Robert [called Rob Donn] (1714–1778), Scottish Gaelic poet, was the son of Donald Mackay (Domhnall Donn) born at Allt na Caillich, in Strathmore, which lies between the north coast of Sutherland and the inland Ben Hope. The earliest work ascribed to him is a neat quatrain said to have been composed when he was three years old that pokes fun at the tailor who had made him a garment that buttoned at the rear, out of his reach. This was a fitting start for an œuvre that was to include much fun and satire....

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MacLachlan, Ewen (1773–1822), poet and Gaelic scholar, was born at Torracaltin, Nether Lochaber, the son of a weaver. After attending the parish school at Kilmallie, he worked as private tutor to several prominent local families. Financial assistance from the chief of the clan ...

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Maclean, John [Iain Mac-Gilleain] (c. 1680–1756), Gaelic poet and Church of Scotland minister, was the son of Ewen Maclean, laird of Treshnish, a group of Hebridean isles 5½ miles south-east of Coll and 3 miles west of the entrance of Loch Tuadh on the ...