a young medical student.
On International Archives Day (9 June) the National Library of Scotland once more has had a collection honoured by UNESCO.
The Library's early Scottish Gaelic manuscripts collection has been inscribed on UNESCO's UK Memory of the World Register.
Written or owned in Scotland in the 14th-17th centuries, these manuscripts offer invaluable insights into learning and culture of traditional Scottish Gaelic society before it ended early in the 18th century.
This collection is unparalleled in its scale and coverage — no other major early collections exist elsewhere with such a significant Scottish Gaelic element.
It is particularly strong in Gaelic traditional medicine, theology, tales and poetry, but also covers linguistics, history and genealogy.
The manuscripts are one of six new entries in the UK Memory of the World Register. UNESCO describes them as 'remarkable' and 'stunning examples' of the UK's documentary heritage.
See also: UNESCO register media release
Read more about Gaelic manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland.
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9 June 2018