School of Divinity

16th century context

In the 16th-century, documentation, letter-writing, and language choices all carried particular importance.

The power of the written word

Colin Campbell had no doubt that the written word was a very powerful weapon and the survival of so many letters associated with him was not accidental.

Letter-writing in the 16th century

The Breadalbane Letters show that 16th-century letters had a very different function from their counterparts in later ages.

Language choice: Scots or Gaelic

All the Breadalbane Letters were written in Scots, even though nearly two-thirds of them - or about 200 out of 324 letters - passed between Gaelic speakers.