Murdo Beaton, Gaelic Society Chief 2018/19

For Murdo's own account of his working life, go to News above.



About Us

The Gaelic Society of Inverness was established in 1871 for the purpose of “cultivating the language, poetry and music of the Scottish Highlands and generally furthering the interests of the Gaelic-speaking people”.  Currently it ...

  • arranges an annual series of talks on Highland history and Gaelic culture
  • publishes the talks every two years as the Transactions of the Gaelic Society
  • organises an annual memorial service at Culloden Battlefield
  • produces an annual showcase of Gaelic music and song
  • runs an escorted coach trip and a dinner
  • takes part, with others, in campaigns relating to its core interests
  • supports projects commemorating eminent individuals and events.


"On 8 November 1752, Seumas a’ Ghlinne went to his death with great fortitude on a scaffold erected above Ballachulish Ferry. He forgave those who bore false witness against him, those who denied him natural justice during his close confinement in Fort William and those who abused his trial to make him answer for the persistent Jacobitism of the Stewarts of Appin."

The above forms part of the final paragraph of a paper on the 'Appin Murder' dellivered by Prof Allan MacInnes to a meeting of the Society on October 27th.

It is one of 12 papers contained in Volume LXVIII of our Transactions, due in July 2018.  Copies are distributed free of charge to members.  For information on how to become a member, click on: Membership.

Culloden 2018

The 2018 Memorial Service was on Saturday 14th April.   This year's event featured an address by new Society Chief Murdo Beaton, a poem by Society Bard Maoileas Caimbeul in support of the 'Protect Culloden Battlefield' campaign  (go to Culloden above for the address and poem) and a moving rendition of Cumha na Cloinne (Lament for the children) by Society Piper Euan MacCrimmon. 


2017/18 SYLLABUS