Sunday, 2 November 2014

Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic

A project by the University of Glasgow to digitise Scottish Gaelic texts has completed its first phase, with the digitisation of some ten million words. The Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic / Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig ( has been progressing for eight years, and is comprised of two main databases - Corpas na Gàidhlig (, with some ten million words culled from texts from the 12th century to the present, and The Fieldwork Archive (, with 22,00 headwords from vernacular materials (questionnaires, wordlists and sound recordings) collected throughout Gaelic Scotland and in Nova Scotia between the 1960s and 1980s as part of data collection for the Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic (HDSG). A further project, Seanchas: The Global Gaelic Jukebox (, is also under way to facilitate access to Irish and Scottish Gaelic sound and film recordings held at a variety of archives and institutions worldwide.

For the full story visit The Stornoway Gazette at

(With thanks to The Scottish Islands Explorer blog at


My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records online course starts on November 5th, and runs for 5 weeks, priced at £45.99. Spaces are still available - see

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