In 2012 Society Member Professor Norman MacDonald suggested that GSI might contribute to a proposed memorial to Glendale bard Neil MacLeod at the Edinburgh cemetery in which he is interred.
After discussion GSI agreed that it would be prepared to contribute to a MacLeod family memorial in Glendale, recognising the work of Donald (nan Òran) MacLeod and his bard sons Neil and John (Iain Dubh), providing that the family was content and that a local lead organisation could be identified. Former GSI Chair Allan Campbell was delegated to take the project forward if possible.
Having established a partnership with Glendale Community Council and the Glendale Trust Allan applied for funding support from various bodies and succeeded in realising the project with a memorial plaque being installed at the Glendale Community Hall in May 2014.
When Allan informed USA based Norman MacLeod OBE, grandson of Neil MacLeod, of the project he very generously contributed £500 and the balance of the cost was funded by Highland Council Eilean a’ Cheò Ward Discretionary Funding; Glendale Community Council; and the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Glendale Trust and the Glendale Community Hall supported the project, and contractor John MacDonald of John Hearach Memorials very generously waived transport and installation labour costs as a personal contribution.
The memorial plaque will be unveiled on Saturday, October 4th at Glendale, coinciding with the formal launch of a book featuring examples of the work of Donald MacLeod and sons Neil and John, with English translations. Bàird Ghleann Dail also includes a paper on Neil MacLeod by Professor Norman MacDonald; biographies of the bards; and extensive notes on the selected compositions.
Norman MacLeod and GSI also sponsored the book, and GSI will be supporting the book-launch as well. It is hoped some members of the Society might be interested in attending this event and should numbers warrant it a minibus could be organised. In such an event it is likely that the bus would depart Highland Council Glenurquhart Road, car park at 09.15 a.m. Please advise the Secretary as soon as possible please, and not later than September 15th, if you wish to go.