Steering Committee

The institutional partnership supporting the Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language provides the project with a strong base encompassing all aspects of the Gaelic language community. It includes

  • the highly-regarded scholarship of the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow;
  • the expertise in teacher education and Gaelic-medium education well-established at the University of Strathclyde; and
  • the strong links with the community which Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has forged as a major player in Gaelic language learning and development, coupled with extensive experience in using ICT in all aspects of on-site and distance learning.

The Steering Committee for the Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language consists of

Institutional Representatives

Boyd Robertson (Convener) Boyd Robertson (Convener), Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI.  Professor Robertson’s research interests include Gaelic in education, and the development and impact of Gaelic-medium education. He has a keen interest in corpus planning, and is actively involved in Gaelic lexicography, having co-produced a new Gaelic dictionary to accompany the Teach Yourself Gaelic (2003) course. He is at work on a compilation of Gaelic idiomatic usages.
Thomas Clancy (Vice-Convener) Thomas Owen Clancy (Vice-Convener), Professor of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. Professor Clancy’s research interests include the development of Christianity in early medieval Scotland; the poetry of early medieval Scotland; Medieval Gaelic narrative, especially Christian literature; Scottish place-names and saints’ dedications; Medieval Welsh narrative; and the northern Britons.
Susan Manning William Lamb, Lecturer in Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.  Dr Lamb's research interests include Scottish Gaelic morphosyntax; corpus linguistics; dialectal and register variation; and the use of verbal formulae in song and traditional narrative.  He is currently working towards an inter-university project to create an automated part-of-speech tagger and reference corpus for Scottish Gaelic. 
Moray Moray Watson, Senior Lecturer in Gaelic and Associate Director of the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen. His current research interests are in modern literature and translation studies. Early in his academic life, he completed a Master’s degree on lexicography and simultaneously wrote the children’s dictionary Mo Chiad Fhaclair.
Mona Wilson Mona Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Gaelic, University of Strathclyde.  Her research interests are in Gaelic and Gaelic-medium education.  Also, she played a large part in the establishment of the primary teaching course PGDE(P) with education through the medium of Gaelic between the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Strathclyde University.