Skip to main content

Papers concerning Gaelic philology and Highland topography, folk-lore, etc., compiled by the Reverend Charles Moncrieff Robertson (died 1927), Minister of the United Free Church, Kilchoman, Islay.

Identifier: MSS.357-483

Scope and Contents

“An exceptionally accurate and accomplished Gaelic scholar and phonetician, [Charles Robertson] was also for over thirty years a diligent collector of facts relating to Gaelic philology and topography, and — to a less extent — of folk-lore. Much of his work on Gaelic phonetics and dialects has been published in the ‘Celtic Review’ and elsewhere.” (‘Scotsman’, 6 August 1928.)

The collection is composed chiefly of notebooks, bound or loose-leaf. Some have many blank pages; only the number of those written on is given. Most of the books are undated.


  • Creation: Late 19th century-[before 1928].

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


127 Volumes ; Octavo, unless otherwise stated.

Language of Materials



The papers are arranged as follows.

MSS.357-413. Place names and personal names. MSS.414-437. Dialects and phonetics. MSS.438-456. Vocabularies, glossaries, etc. MSS.457-475. Folk-lore, traditions, etc. MSS.476-482. Bibliography. MS.483. Miscellaneous papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1928, by sixteen subscribers to a fund promoted by Professor W J Watson, University of Edinburgh, including the Marquess of Bute, Lord Forteviot, the Lady Helen Tod, Hugh Morrison of Islay, and Duncan MacLeod of Skeabost, Skye.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
Description rules
International Standard for Archival Description - General
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
0131 623 3700