Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart


  • Senior Lecturer, and course leader for MSc Cultar Dùthchasach agus Eachdraidh na Gàidhealtachd, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI
  • IV44 8RQ

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

History, literature, material culture, ethnology, folklore and popular culture of the Gàidhealtachd from the seventeenth century to the present

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Research Expertise

Worldwide Gàidhealtachd history from the 17th century from indigenous perspectives, with emphasis upon how documentary and folklore evidence might be synthesised.

Popular culture such as charms, keening, witchcraft, second sight, in their European context.

Collecting, editing, archiving, and publishing of folklore, particularly James Macpherson (1736–96) and Ossian; John Francis Campbell (1821–85) and Popular Tales of the West Highlands; Alexander Carmichael (1832– 1912) and Carmina Gadelica; also problems and errors in folklore recording.

Travellers’ accounts of the Gàidhealtachd, particularly Martin Martin (c. 1665–1718) and Thomas Pennant (1726–98), and the cultural brokers who informed them.

The Scottish Gaelic Enlightenment of the late eighteenth century, investigating the efforts of amateur lexicographers, antiquarians, and historians to create exemplars for an ‘improved’ Scottish Gaelic language and a modern British imperial Gaelic identity.

Academic Qualifications

1985–89: Magdalen College, Oxford: Litteræ Humaniores (Classical Greats).

1989–97: School of Scottish Studies and Department of Celtic, University of Edinburgh: PhD (‘An Gàidheal, a’ Ghàidhlig, agus a’ Ghàidhealtachd san t-seachdamh linn deug’ / ‘Gael, Gaelic, and Gàidhealtachd in the seventeenth century’). Supervisors: Professor William Gillies and Dr John MacInnes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • D204 Modern History
  • Scottish Highland history
  • early modern
  • modern
  • GR Folklore
  • Scottish Highland folklore
  • TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
  • Scottish Highland material culture
  • AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
  • history of Scottish Gaelic scholarship


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