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TitleGaelic Society of Perth
HistoryA public meeting of highlanders was held in Perth on the 18th of March 1880 at which the Gaelic Society of Perth was formed. The aim of the society was to provide the many highlanders resident in Perth with social gatherings to promote Gaelic language and culture. The Society's members represented about 14,500 gaelic speakers in Perthshire. The first chief of the society, Professor Blackie of Edinburgh University, delivered the inaugural address on 7 October 1880 at Free St Stephen’s Church. Within a month the membership had reached 100. At one point, membership reached 600 and their social meetings were held in Perth City Hall. At the time of the society's centenary the membership was 125.
DescriptionGeneral minute books with programmes for meetings and events 1880-1901, 1913-1981; Annual general meeting minute book, 1953-1962; Committee minutes, 1887-1914; Membership and cash books, 1880-1915; Financial papers inc. statements, ledger and invoices, 1970s-c2003 [unlisted]; Syllabii, 1992-2008/9, file of general correspondence and papers, c200-2008 [unlisted]
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