Bury My Heart at Culloden

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Sunday, 18 April 2021
2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
An online conversation between
Scottish Gaelic scholar, Dr. Michael Newton, Ph.D, and
Scott Morrison co-founder and head teacher of
Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir.

It has been 275 years since the Battle of Culloden on 16 April 1746. That pivotal moment in Scottish history has been seared into the collective consciousness of the Scottish Gael like few other events in our history.

The defeat of Jacobite forces on the field of Culloden on 16 April 1746, in the words of William Gillies, ‘became burned into the collective memory of Gaelic speakers everywhere, irrespective of religion or political persuasion’ and came to symbolise ‘the end of independent Gaelic action’. Gaeldom was left exposed and vulnerable to an aggressively expansionist and hegemonic empire that intentionally privileged the English language and culture as the fundamental core of its identity and social ideals” – Bury My Heart at Culloden; Michael Newton

Join us for this online conversation as we welcome Scottish Gaelic scholar Michael Newton, Ph.D.  We will discuss Culloden in the context of the complex intersections between the Gaelic world and British imperialism and settler colonialism, and the responses of Scottish Gaels to colonization and empire here in North America.

As we explore the history of the Gaelic struggle for survival, and strive to decolonize Scottish Gaelic history, what insights does that give us for our past and how does it speak to us today?

Dr. Michael Newton, Ph.D is a pioneering scholar with a passion for recovering and interpreting a wide range of Scottish Highland history, culture, literature, and tradition from Scotland itself and the North American diaspora. He is founder and director of Hidden Glen Folk School.

Scott Morrison is co-founder and Head Teacher of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir.  Scott is a former Vice-President and President of An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach  (The American Scottish Gaelic Society).  He holds a B.A. in Gaelic Language and Culture from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.