Since 1892, the annual Mòd has celebrated Gaelic culture with music, song, drama, literature and highland dancing. It has grown from a modest beginning to become the most important event in the Scottish Gaelic calendar. It was granted royal status in 1992 – its centenary year - and became the Royal National Mòd.
Based on the Eisteddfod of Wales, it is organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach (The Highland Association).
An Comunn Gàidhealach was established in 1891, at a turbulent time for the Gaelic community and language. It lobbied for change on many issues of current and ongoing concern to the Gaelic community. The Mòd was one of An Comunn's key objectives.
The 1893 Mòd was held in the Argyllshire Gathering Hall. It included Gaelic recitation and reading, choral competitions for juniors and seniors, and a competition for the best original Gaelic poem or song.
[Library reference: PB6.217.398/21.]