John Shaw

Honorary Fellow


  • Training in Linguistics and Celtic Studies
  • extensive fieldwork on Gaelic oral tradition/folklore on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Gaelic language instructor
  • civil servant and Gaelic Development Officer in the Highlands and Islands
  • Lecturer in Celtic, King's College, University of Aberdeen.


BA, MA, PhD Harvard University

Research summary

  • Gaelic ethnology (oral narrative, song and traditional music)
  • social contexts of storytelling and song
  • native taxonomies
  • emigrant Scottish traditions
  • the interface between academic research and language/culture maintenance and development.

Project activity

  • Principal Investigator: 'Reconnecting with Gaelic Scotland's Community Traditions: The Legacy of Calum Iain Maclean's Collecting'. AHRC Follow on Funding £95,792. 2012-
  • Principal Investigator: ‘A Searchable, Standards Based Catalogue of the Calum Maclean Collection of Gaelic Oral Narrative’. A research project funded by AHRC 2006-2009. Funding: £306,000.
  • Principle Investigator for The Calum Maclean Collection Online Catalogue Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which aims to make a major collection of material central to Scottish Ethnology available in digital form as an accessible and flexible research resource.The project is based at the School of Scottish Studies in the Department of Scottish and Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and is partnered with University College, Dublin.
  • Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o’ Riches Project. Steering Committee and Advisory Board (a national digitisation project to provide wider access to Gaelic and Scots archived sound recordings. Funding: £2.8 m). 2004-

The Calum Maclean Collection Online Catalogue Project

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