Discover the Land of Duncan Ban in St Conan’s Kirk

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The Friends of St Conan’s Kirk in Lochawe will celebrate the life and achievements of local Gaelic poet Duncan Ban MacIntyre on Sunday November 21.

‘Duncan was an exceptional human being in exceptional times,’ explained the group. ‘Argyll’s, and one of Scotland’s leading bards, he led a life as a soldier in the ’45 rebellion, forester in Mam Lorn, Glen Etive and Glenorchy, member of the Edinburgh City Guard, and was a native of Glenorchy.

‘He is famed for his wonderful songs and poems, despite being illiterate and relying on others to write down his words. A man of many talents, he was humorous, a great companion and storyteller, with a unique poetic talent, allied to an acerbic wit.

‘This wonderful Argyll man is being celebrated in a programme featuring the Whistlebinkies folk group, Taynuilt Gaelic choir, Gaelic soloists, dramatic performances, piping tributes, memorials from leading scholars, excerpts in Gaelic and English of his work, as well as visual trips through his life in Argyll and monuments to him across Scotland.’

All are very welcome to the Land of Duncan Ban, which starts at 3pm. While entrance is free, donations to support the Kirk’s restoration are most welcome.