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Title: The secular poetry of John MacLean "Bàrd Thighearna Chola", "Am Bàrd MacGilleain"
Author: Dunbar, Robert Douglas
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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John MacLean (1787-1848) was a native of Caolas, Tiree, who emigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1819. In Scotland, he is known to this day by Gaelic speakers as “Bàrd Thighearna Chola ”, “The Poet to the Laird of Coll”, and he is one of the last Gaelic poets to have served as a poet for a Highland chieftain. In Nova Scotia, he is known as simply “Am Bàrd MacGilleain”, “The Bard MacLean”, and is regarded as perhaps the greatest of the many poets who emigrated from the Scottish Highlands and Islands in the main period of Highland Emigration (roughly, 1735-1850). In addition to being an important Gaelic poet, he was also a relatively early collector of Gaelic song and poetry. In spite of his importance as a poet, John MacLean’s poetry has never been subjected to sustained critical analysis, and this thesis will fill this gap. Furthermore, although the poet’s grandson, Rev. Alexander MacLean Sinclair, provided a brief portrait of the poet in several of his publications, we still lack a comprehensive biographic study of the poet. Finally, although the large majority of John MacLean’s poems have been published, particularly by Alexander MacLean Sinclair, the MacLean Sinclair published versions of the poetry, and those that derive therefrom, differ considerably – indeed radically – from the versions which appear in the poet’s manuscripts or in the collection of some of his poetry which the poet himself published in 1818.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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