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Author Topic: Lost Scottish folk tales published online  (Read 2424 times)

Micheál

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Lost Scottish folk tales published online
« on: July 06, 2011, 03:17:45 pm »
"The notebooks of the Scottish folklore pioneer Alexander Carmichael have been prepared for publication.

It will be the first time Carmichael's work has been available in its entirety.

From 1860, he spent 50 years collecting legends, songs, curses and oral history from Gaelic-speakers.

Researchers and archivists have worked for two years preparing the notes for publication by the University of Edinburgh.

Carmichael's work has led to him being likened to the brothers Grimm in Germany.

His volume Carmina Gadelica, published in 1900, is estimated to have included only a tenth of his original research material.

Senior researcher Dr Donald William Stewart said: "Alexander Carmichael tirelessly, even obsessively, recorded the culture, lore and beliefs of his native Scottish highlands.
Folklore jukebox

"By the end of his life in 1912, he was both Celtic guru and folklore jukebox, the internationally-recognised authority on Scottish Gaelic songs, stories, traditions and beliefs.

"Carmichael's voluminous papers, now preserved in Edinburgh University library, form one of the foremost folklore collections in the world."

Carmichael carried out his research while working as a tax collector on Lewis, Argyll, Uist and the west highlands. Researchers said the transcription of his notes was hindered by his "notoriously bad handwriting".

The work has been published online at the Carmichael Watson project website.

An exhibition called Unlocking the Celtic Collector will run at Edinburgh University library until 22 July."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13879236

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Re: Lost Scottish folk tales published online
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2011, 04:16:24 pm »
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The work has been published online at the Carmichael Watson project website.

Here's a link to that site: http://www.carmichaelwatson.lib.ed.ac.uk/cwatson/
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Re: Lost Scottish folk tales published online
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 02:21:56 am »
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Here's a link to that site: http://www.carmichaelwatson.lib.ed.ac.uk/cwatson/

 
Awesome! Thank ye kindly :) *saves link for future lurking*
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Re: Lost Scottish folk tales published online
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2011, 08:01:39 pm »
Quote from: Micheál;2032
"The notebooks of the Scottish folklore pioneer Alexander Carmichael have been prepared for publication.

It will be the first time Carmichael's work has been available in its entirety.

From 1860, he spent 50 years collecting legends, songs, curses and oral history from Gaelic-speakers.

Researchers and archivists have worked for two years preparing the notes for publication by the University of Edinburgh.

Carmichael's work has led to him being likened to the brothers Grimm in Germany.

His volume Carmina Gadelica, published in 1900, is estimated to have included only a tenth of his original research material.

Senior researcher Dr Donald William Stewart said: "Alexander Carmichael tirelessly, even obsessively, recorded the culture, lore and beliefs of his native Scottish highlands.
Folklore jukebox

"By the end of his life in 1912, he was both Celtic guru and folklore jukebox, the internationally-recognised authority on Scottish Gaelic songs, stories, traditions and beliefs.

"Carmichael's voluminous papers, now preserved in Edinburgh University library, form one of the foremost folklore collections in the world."

Carmichael carried out his research while working as a tax collector on Lewis, Argyll, Uist and the west highlands. Researchers said the transcription of his notes was hindered by his "notoriously bad handwriting".

The work has been published online at the Carmichael Watson project website.

An exhibition called Unlocking the Celtic Collector will run at Edinburgh University library until 22 July."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13879236

 
That's fantastic. I love folklore, and have a great respect for all of those 19th century pioneers who collected it before it was lost.

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Re: Lost Scottish folk tales published online
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2011, 02:54:57 am »
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That's fantastic. I love folklore, and have a great respect for all of those 19th century pioneers who collected it before it was lost.

As do I. There's still a decent amount lingering around today that I hope is being recorded. Manx&Cornish speakers owe a lot to those that were able to record them before the last native speakers died, making the 100% reconstructions today possible.

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Re: Lost Scottish folk tales published online
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 10:36:14 am »
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"The notebooks of the Scottish folklore pioneer Alexander Carmichael have been prepared for publication.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13879236

 
Thanks for the link - this is a bit of a coincidence - the view from my living room window encompasses the Baron of Carmichael's estate!

I really should know more about my own country's traditions.  My paternal grandmother spoke Gaelic, but neither of my parents did.

Good fortune to one and all

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