Dr Kate Louise Mathis

Teaching Fellow in Celtic

  • Ceiltis & Eòlas na h-Alba | Celtic & Scottish Studies

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Ceiltis & Eòlas na h-Alba | Celtic & Scottish Studies
Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann | University of Edinburgh
50 Ceàrnag Sheòrais | 50 George Square

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Kate Louise Mathis received her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, and has taught in the Celtic departments of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. Her research interests include Gaelic women’s poetry, the women of the Celtic Revival, and the reception of medieval Irish Ulster Cycle characters in Scotland. She was previously Scottish Gaelic research assistant for ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland, & Wales, 1400-1800’ (funded by the Leverhulme Trust), and is currently preparing a monograph assessing the development of Deirdre from the early medieval period to the Celtic Revival.


MA (Hons), MSc (Dist.), PhD in Celtic Studies (Edin)

Undergraduate teaching

Medieval Welsh Texts 2; Medieval Welsh literature; Celtic Literature 2A; Celtic Civilisation 1A

Current PhD students supervised

2017-18: Sonia García de Alba Lobeira (MSc Medieval Literatures and Cultures), ‘Myrddin, Merlinus, and Merlín: Translation, adaptation and politicised prophecy in the medieval vernacular literatures of Wales and Spain'.

Research summary

  • The texts and characters of the Ulster Cycle in their earliest context and later reception (translation to English, politicized reshaping during the Celtic Revival, exchange of component tales between Ireland and Scotland);
  • Lament poetry, and cultural representations of grief, mourning, and violent emotion in Gaelic and Welsh literature (ca. AD 700-1500);
  • Women’s poetry in the Scottish Gàidhealtachd (ca. AD 1200-1800). 

Current research interests

Eva Gore-Booth (1870-1926); 'Michael Field', pseudonym of Katherine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Cooper (1862-1913); Alice Macdonell (1854-1938); the poetry of Sileas na Ceapaich (fl. 1710s).

Invited speaker

  • (11 June 2018) 'Gaelic women's poetry in medieval Scotland', 'Exploring Gaelic' lecture series 2018, St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.
  • (10 June 2017) ‘Gaelic print culture and Gaelic women's poetry in the eighteenth century’, ‘Scotland 1715-1780: Literature, Culture, Art, and Music’ (Association of Scottish Literary Studies annual meeting);
  • (9 September 2016) ‘“Tha mo chridh’ air a mhùchadh”: Elegy and lament by female poets in the McLagan collection’; ‘An t-Urr. Seumas MacLathagain (1728-1805) agus a làmh-sgrìobhainnean / The Rev. James McLagan (1728-1805) and his manuscripts’, University of Glasgow;
  • (27 November 2015) Round-table discussion (contributing speaker), ‘Violence in medieval Irish literature’; Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh (with Abigail Burnyeat, Geraldine Parsons, & Michael Clarke);
  • (23 June 2011) ‘An Ideal Wife? Carmichael’s Deirdire and Revivalist ideals of beauty, dignity and death’; ‘Alexander Carmichael: Collecting, Controversy, and Contexts’, University of Edinburgh.


  • (1-3 May 2014) Co-convener, ‘The Celtic Revival in Scotland, 1880-1930’ (with Abigail Burnyeat).


  • (21 June 2017) An evening of dramatized readings (contributing speaker to public event), ‘Raise Their Voices: Women’s words from the Great War’, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh;
  • (5 May 2016) Round-table discussion (co-convener & contributor): ‘Women’s Words. Gender, Speech, & Verbal Action in Early Irish Literature’, CSANA 2016, St. Francis Xavier University (in collaboration with Joanne Findon [Trent University], & Dorothy Bray [McGill]);
  • (31 August-1 September 2015) Co-convener, Edinburgh meeting of CLARSACH (Celtic Languages Annual Research Symposium & Collaboration Hub) / AHRC Centre for Doctoral training in Celtic Languages – workshop focusing on key disciplinary training skills for doctoral students in Celtic Studies;
  • (13 July 2015) Round-table discussion (co-convener & contributor): ‘The Celtic Revival’, 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow (in collaboration with speakers from the Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies [Aberystwyth], University of Aberdeen, & Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI);
  • (26 April 2014) Contributing speaker, ‘Women’s Voices in medieval Scotland’, at ‘Mapping the Nation: Representations of Scotland 1200-2000, a conference for teachers’, National Museum of Scotland (with Sarah Dunnigan).

Papers delivered

  • (30 June 2017) ‘Or nad-fil lem féin find-fhocla’ (‘Since I myself have not wise words’): Violent deeds and damning speech in Longes mac n-Uislenn’; 31st Irish Conference of Medievalists, NUI Maynooth;
  • (22 June 2016) ‘Women’s poetry in the Gàidhealtachd from “the Whining Age” to 1715’; Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 9, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI;
  • (19 March 2016) ‘Rewriting the “Compassionate House-wife”: Two radical lives and two plays about Deirdre’; 5th International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of tales, NUI Maynooth;
  • (14 July 2015) ‘Further reconsideration of Longes mac n-Uislenn’; 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow;
  • (5 July 2013) Round-table discussion (contributing speaker), ‘Women’s poetry in Ireland, Scotland, & Wales 1400-1800’; ‘Pride & Prejudices: Women’s writing in the eighteenth century’, Chawton House Library (with Sarah Prescott, Cathryn Charnell-White, Marie-Louise Coolahan, & Sarah Dunnigan).

Publications (published): Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

•‘Mourning the Maic Uislenn: Blood, death, & grief in Longes mac n-Uislenn & ‘Oidheadh Chloinne hUisneach’, Scottish Gaelic Studies 29 (2013) 1–21 [ISSN: 0080-8024]. 

• ‘A Gaelic gemina opera? The verse and prose texts of Saltair na Rann & Scél Saltrach na Rann’, Scottish Gaelic Studies 28 (2011) 1‒17 [ISSN: 0080-8024].

• ‘An Ulster Tale in Breadalbane? Personæ and literary allusion in the poetry of Mòr Chaimbeul’, Aiste 2 (2008) 43–69 [ISSN: 1754-4270].

Publications (in-press): Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

• ‘“Tha Mulad Air M’Inntinn” and early modern Gaelic dialogue poetry’, Aiste 5.

Publications (published): Book Chapters

• ‘Presence, absence, and audience: The elegies of Sìleas na Ceapaich “At Home” and “Abroad”’, in Gender and mobility in Scotland and Abroad, eds. Dye, Sierra, Elizabeth Ewan, & Alice Glaze; (Guelph, 2018) 183‒200 [ISBN: 978-0-88955-635-5].

• ‘An Irish Poster Girl? Writing Deirdre during the Revival’, in Romantic Ireland from Tone to Gonne: Fresh perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland, eds. Maley, Willy, Paddy Lyons, & John Miller; (Newcastle, 2013) 29–46 [ISBN: 978-1-4438-4420-8].

• ‘Parallel Wives: Deirdriu and Lúaine in Longes mac n-Uislenn & Tochmarc Lúaine ogus Aided Athairne’, in Ulidia 3, eds. Toner, Gregory, & Seamus Mac Mathúna; (Berlin, 2013) 17–25 [ISBN: 978-3-942002-08-0].

Publications (in-press): Book Chapters

• [with Sìm Innes] ‘Gaelic tradition and the Celtic Revival in children’s literature in Scottish Gaelic & English’, in The Land of Story Books. Scottish Children's Literature in the Nineteenth Century, eds. Dunnigan, Sarah & Shu-Fang Lai.

• [with Joanna Martin] ‘Elegy and commemorative writing’, in The International Companion to Scottish literature, 1400‒1650, ed. Royan, Nicola.

Publications (in-press): digital and other outputs

• ‘ROSS, Elizabeth Jane, 1789‒1875’, and ‘CAMPBELL, Marioun (Mòr nighean Dhonnchaidh), fl. 1560s’, The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (2nd edition), eds. Ewan, Elizabeth, Jane Rendall, Siân Reynolds, & Rose Pipes.