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Gaelic Society Collection

The Society was founded in 1830 as An Comunn na Gaelic or Gaelic Society. The library, deposited since 1973, contains c.700 volumes, mainly on the history of Scotland and Scottish Gaelic literature, with very small collections on other Gaelic languages and peoples. About twenty books are pre-1851, and there is a collection of c.200 tracts of 1649-1776 in nineteen volumes purchased by the Society c.1835 from an unnamed literary gentleman. They mainly concern the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745, with Sir George MacKenzie's Jus Regium, 1684. The collection also includes interesting ephemera (music and song-sheets) and some archive and manuscript material.