Forbes to deliver inaugural John Macleod Memorial Lecture

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In his opening address at the 2018 Royal National Mòd in Dunoon,  president of An Comunn Gàidhealach, Allan Campbell remarked upon the passing of the late John Macleod, who was president of An Comunn Gàidhealach for 10 years, reiterating the appreciation for everything that John did as president and for Gaelic in general.

He revealed that An Comunn Gàidhealach, organisers of The Mòd, will establish an annual lecture in John’s memory. It is appropriate that the annual lecture is supported by the department of Celtic and Scottish Studies of the University of Edinburgh, with the first annual John Macleod Memorial Lecture taking place in January.

In recognition of John’s enthusiasm and encouragement of young people in the Gaelic community, the lectures will always be delivered by young speakers and it is appropriate that the inaugural address will be delivered by Kate Forbes MSP.

The Lochaber MSP said: ‘It is a great honour to be asked to give the inaugural John Macleod Memorial Lecture, as a young Gael.

‘I had the enormous privilege of working with John Macleod as Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Gaelic. He was a determined campaigner, well-known across the political spectrum. I was delighted to pay tribute to his efforts to secure UNESCO status for Gaelic earlier this year. It seems fitting to start 2018 recalling John Macleod’s character, contributions and concern for Gaelic’s future.’

The focus of the address will be on young people and how we address the opportunity to attract them to our cultural heritage. The topic is particularly relevant in the wake of the highly successful 2018 celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People.

Indeed, in his opening address at the 2018 Royal National Mòd, Allan Campbell remarked upon the importance of keeping Gaelic cultural heritage alive.

Mr Campbell added: ‘We are delighted that Kate Forbes has agreed to deliver the inaugural John Macleod Memorial Lecture. It would be difficult to find a better example of the benefits of bilingual Gaelic education. Kate exudes confidence in Gaelic and is precisely the type of exponent of our language and culture that John wished to see in all our Gaelic communities.’

The lecture will take place on Thursday January 24 in The Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh.