Glasgow Open Doors Festival: Alasdair C. Whyte


Glasgow’s Gaelic Place-names

Join Dr Alasdair C. Whyte – Scottish Government Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019 & 2020 and Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow – for this talk on Glasgow place-names.

Showcasing cutting-edge research from his new book Glasgow’s Gaelic Place-names (Birlinn), Alasdair will tell the story of Glasgow through its place-names – in particular, its Gaelic story which began around 1,000 years ago. Come along and hear about how and when Gaelic became the main community language in Glasgow, about what Glasgow Gaelic sounded like in the past and learn about the deep Gaelic roots of places like Auchenshuggle, Barlinnie, Cathkin, Cessnock, Garthamlock, Gartnavel, Shettleston and Yoker, to name a few! You might even hear a Gaelic song or two composed on the banks of the Clyde. Glasgow hasn’t suddenly ‘gone Gaelic’. The language has been spoken in this city for around a millennium. Come along and hear for yourself!

  • Monday 11 September, 7:30pm
  • Advanced Research Centre, 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow, G11 6EW
  • Free event; register on Eventbrite
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Monday 11 Sep 2023
Advanced Research Centre, Glasgow. United Kingdom