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Campbell, John Lorne, of Canna (1906–1996), scholar of Scottish Gaelic folklore, was born in Edinburgh on 1 October 1906, the eldest son of Colonel Duncan Campbell, laird of Inverneill, Argyll, and his wife, Ethel, née Harriet, from New Jersey, USA. He was educated at ...

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Cleaver, Euseby Digby [Eusebh D. Mac Cliabhair] (1826–1894), Church of England clergyman and promoter of the Irish language, was born on 8 March 1826 at Delgany, co. Wicklow, the eldest son of William Cleaver, rector of the parish, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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See Duffy, George Gavan [Seoirse Ui Gabháin]

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Grant, Isabel Frances [Elsie] (1887–1983), promoter of Scottish Gaelic culture and writer, was born on 21 July 1887 at 34 Melville Street, Edinburgh, the eldest of the six children of Colonel Hugh Gough Grant CB (1845–1922), of the 78th and Seaforth Highlanders, and his wife, ...

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Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson (1909–1991) by Walter Bird, 1959 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone (1909–1991), Celtic scholar, was born on 1 November 1909 at Melville, Lavender Vale, Beddington, Surrey, the younger child of Alan Stuart Jackson (1877–1964), stockbroker, and his wife, Lucy Jane, née Hurlstone (1879–1970). While his father's family included clerics and civil servants, his mother's contained several artists, notably ...

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Kirk, Robert (1644–1692), Gaelic scholar, was born on 9 December 1644, probably at Aberfoyle, Perthshire, the seventh and youngest son of James Kirk (1608/1609?–1658), minister there, and his wife, Elizabeth Carkettle (d. 1679). He studied at Edinburgh University (where he graduated MA on 19 July 1661), and afterwards at ...

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MacEachainn, Eoghan [Evan Maceachen] (1769–1849), Roman Catholic priest and Gaelic scholar, was born at Arisaig, Inverness-shire, and educated in a school at Ruthven, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire. He was sent in 1788 to the Scots College at Valladolid, where he was ordained priest in 1798. On his return to the mission he was stationed at ...

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MacGregor, Alexander (1806–1881), Church of Scotland minister and writer of Scottish Gaelic prose, was born on 26 May 1806 at the Mission House, Dalfuil, Glengairn, near Ballater, the eldest of the four children of the Revd Robert MacGregor (1767–1846) and his wife, Janet Menzies...

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Macintosh, Donald (1743–1808), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and Gaelic scholar, was born at Orchilmore, near Killiecrankie, Perthshire, the son of a tenant farmer. After attending the parish school he went to Edinburgh, where he worked from 1774 as a penny postman. He subsequently became a copying clerk and tutor to the family of ...

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Mackay, Mackintosh (1793–1873), Free Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born at Eddrachillis, Sutherland, on 18 November 1793, the son of Alexander Mackay, tacksman of Duartbeg and a captain in the Reay fencibles, and his wife, Helen, eldest daughter of Alexander Falconer...

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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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Maclauchlan, Thomas (1816–1886), Free Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born on 29 January 1816 at Moy, Inverness-shire. He was the fourth child of James Maclauchlan, minister of Moy, and his second wife, Catherine Fraser. He was educated initially at home and then at the ...

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MacLeod, John (1756/7–1841), Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born on the Isle of Skye and educated at the University of Aberdeen where he graduated in 1776. He was licensed by the presbytery of Aberdeen on 16 April 1778. After assisting ...

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Macleod, Norman (1783–1862), Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born in December 1783, the son of Norman Macleod, who was ordained in 1774 minister of Morven, Argyll, and his wife, Jean, granddaughter of William Morrison, minister of Tiree in the Hebrides...

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Eoin MacNeill (1867–1945) by unknown photographer, c. 1910 Getty Images

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MacNeill, Eoin [John] (1867–1945), Irish nationalist and Celtic scholar, was born at Glenarm, co. Antrim, on 15 May 1867, the fourth son and sixth of nine children of Archibald MacNeill (1822–1889), baker, sailor, and merchant, and his wife, Rosetta Macauley (1847/8–1918). James McNeill...

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Murray, Lady Evelyn Stewart- (1868–1940), Gaelic folklorist and needlewoman, was born on 17 March 1868 at Blair Castle, Perthshire. She was the third daughter of John James Hugh Henry Stewart-Murray, seventh duke of Atholl (1840–1917) and his wife, Louisa (1844–1902), eldest daughter of ...

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Nicolson, Alexander (1827–1893), sheriff-substitute and Gaelic scholar, son of Malcolm Nicolson (d. c.1846), was born at Usabost in Skye on 27 September 1827. His early education was obtained from tutors. After the death of his father he entered Edinburgh University, intending to study for the ...

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See Ó Fithcheallaigh, Muiris [Maurice O'Fihely, Mauritius de Portu]