Elizabeth Campbell

Thesis title: (In development) The Life and Work of John Morison, Iain Gobha na Hearadh, The Blacksmith of Harris


Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a Master of Arts in History (2011) from the University of North Florida, and a Master of Science in Celtic and Scottish Studies from the University of Edinburgh (2017). Her doctoral research examines the life and work of John Morison, "Iain Gobha na Hearadh," the blacksmith spiritual poet from Harris, who was also her ancestor.


MSc in Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh (2017)

MA in History, University of North Florida (2011)

BA in History, University of North Florida (2009)

BA in English, University of North Florida (2009)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Tutor for Introduction to Gaelic Language and Culture, 2020-2022

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor for Introduction to Gaelic Language and Culture, 2020-2022.

Research summary

John Morison, known as "Iain Gobha na Hearadh", or The Blacksmith of Harris, was something of a renaissance man. In addition to his recognition as a skilled blacksmith and key figure in the 19th-century evangelical movement in the Outer Hebrides, he was also an accomplished Gaelic spiritual poet. He lived from 1796-1852, a period of momentous economic, political, religious, and social change in Scotland's Highlands and Islands. His rich life and body of work offer a lens through which to examine these significant changes and their lasting impact, both within his community and throughout Scotland.

Current research interests

Research interests include: 19th-century Gaelic poetry; 19th-century Scottish history, including the Highland Clearances and emigration, the 1843 Disruption and Free Church expansion in the Highlands and Islands; and local history in the Isle of Harris and Outer Hebrides.

Conference details

Comhdháil Mhic Léinn na Ceiltise 2021 / Celtic Students Conference 2021

Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain