Tobar an Dualchais – Kist o Riches

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Tobar an Dualchais – Kist o Riches (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation:  [ˈt̪opəɾ ən̪ˠ ˈt̪uəl̪ˠxɪʃ] ) is a project which aims to preserve and digitize material gathered in Scottish Gaelic, Scots and English by the School of Scottish Studies (of the University of Edinburgh), BBC Scotland and the Canna Collection of the National Trust for Scotland.

Scottish Gaelic Celtic language native to Scotland

Scottish Gaelic or Scots Gaelic, sometimes also referred to simply as Gaelic, is a Celtic language native to the Gaels of Scotland. A member of the Goidelic branch of the Celtic languages, Scottish Gaelic, like Modern Irish and Manx, developed out of Middle Irish. Most of modern Scotland was once Gaelic-speaking, as evidenced especially by Gaelic-language placenames.

Scots language Germanic language

Scots is the Germanic language variety spoken in Lowland Scotland and parts of Ulster in Ireland. It is sometimes called Lowland Scots to distinguish it from Scottish Gaelic, the Celtic language which was historically restricted to most of the Highlands, the Hebrides and Galloway after the 16th century. The Scots language developed during the Middle English period as a distinct entity.

The School of Scottish Studies was founded in 1951 by Professor William Lindsay Renwick and is affiliated to the University of Edinburgh. It holds an archive of over 9000 field recordings of traditional music, song and other lore, housed in George Square, Edinburgh. The collection was begun by Calum Maclean - brother of the poet, Sorley MacLean - and the poet, writer and folklorist, Hamish Henderson, both of whom collaborated with American folklorist Alan Lomax, who is credited as being a catalyst and inspiration for the work of the school.

Much of the material consists of recordings of folklore, songs and music, local history and other data gathered from the 1930s onwards. [1]

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  1. "Folk, Jazz etc: A Kist we can clasp close to our hearts". The Scotsman. Retrieved September 6, 2012.