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Gaelic Society Collection


History of Scotland, Scottish Gaelic literature.


Ca. 700 items.

Scope and content

The Gaelic Society of London was founded in 1830. The primary focus of their library collection is on the history of Scotland and Scottish Gaelic literature, with a small amount of material dedicated to other Gaelic languages and peoples. Most of the volumes date to the 19th and the 20th centuries, but the collection also includes ca. 200 tracts of 1649-1776. They mainly concern the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745. The collection also includes a small amount of music and song-sheets and some archive and manuscript material.


The collection was deposited at UCL in 1973. The Society has since made occasional additions to the collection.

Finding aids and published descriptions

  • Gaelic Society of London. Catalogue of books, tracts and papers belonging to the Gaelic Society of London (London: Gaelic Society of London, 1840). 
  • A handlist of the collection with additions up to 1997 is available at UCL Special Collections. 


Only a small proportion of the collection is catalogued. To browse the records, conduct a shelfmark search for GAELIC SOCIETY OF LONDON on Explore.