Celtic & Scottish Studies


The EERC is a research centre within Celtic & Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Its primary concern is the promotion of research into everyday life and society in Scotland and the publication of the results.


Dr Neill Martin Director
Caroline Milligan Researcher
Mark Mulhern Researcher
Dr Kenneth Veitch Researcher
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Regional Ethnology of Scotland Project

Launched in 2011, this innovative project collects and makes widely available primary source material that illustrates everyday life and society in Scotland, past and present, and produces supporting scholarly studies. Its overall aim is to lay the foundations for a comprehensive ethnology of Scotland.

The Project is being conducted over a series of regional studies, and is divided into two main themes: the Spoken Word, and the Written Word.

Local participation is at the heart of the Project, with volunteers having the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the collecting process, from recording interviews to transcribing historical documents.

For more information, please visit the Project website: www.regionalethnologyscotland.llc.ed.ac.uk

The publications of the EERC include:

Jock's Jocks: Voices of Scottish soldiers from the First World War

The EERC is soon to publish a new book edited by its Director Professor Gary West in association with National Museums Scotland Enterprises – Publishing.

Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish ethnology

A major series of fourteen thematically arranged volumes.

Review of Scottish Culture

An annual, online journal that focuses on the cultural heritage of Scotland, specifically its ethnology (folklore and folklife).


A series of oral histories.

Sources in Local History

A series of transcribed and edited manuscript sources.