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Kidd, S.M. (2006)
Publisher: University of Aberdeen
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: PB1501
The first Gaelic novel, John MacCormick's Dùn-Àluinn, no an t-Oighre 'na Dhìobarach, was serialised in the People's Journal in 1910 before being published in its entirety in 1912. Within a year of the publication of Dùn-Àluinn as a novel the second Gaelic novel, Angus Robertson's An t-Ogha Mòr, appeared in print, underlining the renaissance which Gaelic literature was experiencing. Both novels, while remarked upon by contemporaries and by general studies of Gaelic literature, have been all but ignored to date, with no criticism or analysis of either having been published. The main aim of this article is to offer some general comments about MacCormick's Dùn-Àluinn and thus to open up both the novel and indeed other early twentieth-century Gaelic writers and their work to further scrutiny. Consideration will be given to the author himself, the contemporary Gaelic literary scene and finally some of the more interesting aspects of the novel itself.
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    • 1 The People's Journal had a regular Gaelic column at this time.
    • 2 October 1913-September 1915.
    • 3 I am grateful to Rachel Hosker of Glasgow University Archives Services for this information.
    • 4 Statutory Marriages 542/00 0001; Statutory Births 542/00 0002; Statutory Births 542/00 0016.
    • 5 The National Library of Scotland holds 'Photocopies of items printed at the Iona Press 1887-1893 from the collection of Angus Johnston'.
    • 6 Lachlann Mòr MacLean died in 1598 at the Battle of Tràigh Ghruineart, Islay, fighting against the MacDonalds.
    • 7 I am grateful to John MacCormick's great-nephew, Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, for sharing this information with me.
    • 8 Donald E. Meek, 'The Baptists of the Ross of Mull', Northern Studies, 26 (1989), 28-42.
    • 9 I am grateful to Professor Sir Neil MacCormick for this information.
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