Records of Glasgow University Ossianic Society, 1831-, student society, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

GB 248 DC 069 includes:  

  • Account book, 1906-1960;
  • Membership lists, 1979-1980 & 1980-1981;
  • Report for 150th Annual General Meeting, 1981;
  • Correspondence with members of the House of Commons concerning Donald Stewart's Private Member's Bill on the Gaelic language, 1981;

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Glasgow University Ossianic Society (Comunn Oiseanach Oilthigh Ghlaschu) was founded by a group of students from the Scottish Highlands in  1831  at the  University of Glasgow , Scotland, under the inspiration of Dr Norman MacLeod (1783-1862), minister of St Columba's, the Gaelic chapel in Glasgow. He was Honorary President of the Society from its institution until his death in 1862.

Since the  1970s  the position of the Society has been one where the promotion of Gaelic is the central issue, a change from the earlier days when the social side was regarded as the Society's main function.

In 2005, the society was still in existence where "from a Gaelic debating society, it has developed into a society which advances Gaelic and Celtic culture in general." Their website gives details of their current activities:  .


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically.

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Acquisition Information

The collection has been in the custody of the University Archives since before formal accessioning procedures were initiated

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

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Related Material

GB 0247 MS Gen 1363-1372 Glasgow University Ossianic Society, Minute books, 1831-1923

GB 248 DC157 Records of Glasgow University Students' Representative Council

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Additional Information

This material is original

Revised by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 18 November 2002

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 19 November 2002

Revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 21 December 2007

Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 13 January 2014.

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