Dr Alasdair Whyte

  • Research Fellow (Celtic & Gaelic)

telephone: 01413301875
email: Alasdair.Whyte@glasgow.ac.uk

Celtic & Gaelic, 3, University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QH

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1256-8245

Biography

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Chaidh Co-Phàirt Rannsachaidh LKAS ann an Ainm-eòlas Ceilteach a bhuileachadh air Alasdair C. MacIlleBhàin san Dàmhair 2019. 'S e ainmeannan-àite Mhuile agus Ghlaschu a phrìomh chuspairean rannsachaidh ach tha e cuideachd air foillseachadh air beul-aithris, dual-chainnt, litreachas na Gàidhlig agus òrain.

A thuilleadh air a chuid rannsachaidh, tha e na cheòladair, na sheinneadair agus na sgrìobhaiche ciùil. Tha e air iomadach òran ùr agus tradaiseanta a ghabhail agus a chlàradh còmhla ri luchd-ciùil fad is farsaing, nam measg clàr air a cheann fhèin (‘Las’, 2012); trì clàran leis a’ chòmhlan WHYTE (‘Maim’, 2021; ‘Tairm’, 2019; ‘Fairich’, 2016); agus òrain còmhla ri Niteworks (‘A’ Ghrian’, 2022; ‘NW’, 2015) agus Struileag/Shore to Shore (‘Children of the Smoke’, 2014). Tha ceòladairean, còmhlain is còisirean air feadh an t-saoghail air òrain ùra Alasdair a rèiteachadh, a ghabhail air àrd-ùrlar agus a chlàradh. Ann an 2021, dh’fhoillsich e ‘Maim-slè’: leabhar de bhàrdachd agus rosg sean is ùr. Bha e cuideachd na sgrìobhadair agus na chleasaiche anns an dealbh-chluich ‘MAIM’ a chuir Theatre Gu Leòr air àrd-ùrlar ann an 2020.

Chaidh Alasdair ainmeachadh mar Thosgaire na Gàidhlig le Riaghaltas na h-Alba ann an 2019 agus ann an 2020.

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Alasdair C. Whyte was appointed as a Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Research Fellow in Celtic Onomastics in October 2019. His current research focusses primarily on the place-names of Mull and Glasgow but his work includes a range of other aspects of Gaelic, Celtic and Scottish Studies, especially folklore, linguistics, literature and song.

Alongside his academic work, he is heavily involved in the creative arts. Described as ‘one of the most emotionally affecting singers of his generation’ (Tim Chipping, ‘fRoots’), he has performed worldwide and recorded original and traditional Gaelic songs on numerous albums, including a solo album (‘Las’, 2012), three albums with the band WHYTE (‘Maim’, 2021; ‘Tairm’, 2019; ‘Fairich’, 2016) and tracks with the likes of Niteworks (‘A’ Ghrian’, 2022; ‘NW’, 2015) and Struileag/Shore to Shore (‘Children of the Smoke’, 2014). A number of his original Gaelic songs have been performed, arranged and recorded by other artists. His recent creative writing includes ‘Maim-slè’ (2021), a book of original and traditional poetry and prose in Gaelic and English commissioned by Theatre Gu Leòr. He also wrote and performed in the related theatre production ‘MAIM’ (2020).

He was named Gaelic Ambassador of the Year by The Scottish Government in 2019 and in 2020.

Research interests

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San fharsaingeachd, rannsachadh na Ceiltis, na Gàidhlig agus na h-Alba; gu sònraichte, ainm-eòlas agus mar a tha rannsachadh air ainmeannan-àite fighte fuaighte le:

  • Àiteachas agus cleachdadh-fearainn
  • An àrainneachd
  • Àrc-eòlas
  • Beul-aithris
  • Cànanachas
  • Dual-chainnt
  • Eachdraidh
  • Geòlas
  • Litreachas
  • Òrain

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Broadly, all aspects of Celtic, Gaelic and Scottish Studies; particularly, onomastics and the intersection of place-names with:

  • Agriculture and land use
  • Archaeology
  • Dialectology
  • Environment
  • Folklore
  • Geology
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Song

Pròiseactan Rannsachaidh / Current Research Projects

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Ainmeannan-àite Mhuile & Ulbha (2019– )

  • Prìomh-rannsaiche (rannsachadh LKAS)
  • Làn-sgrùdadh air ainmeannan-àite Mhuile agus Ulbha
  • Prìomh amasan:
    • Tuigse reachdmhor fhaighinn air ainmeannan-àite ionadach
    • Riochdan Gàidhlig nan ainmeannan-àite a thoirt am follais
    • A’ chiad làn-sgrùdadh air ainmeannan-àite ann an sgìreachd air a' Ghàidhealtachd fhoillseachadh

Ainm-thìr Idhe: Ainmean-àite agus an dinimigeachd ann an Ì agus a h-àrainn (2020–23)

  • Co-rannsaiche
  • Maoinichear: AHRC (£749,785)
  • Làn-sgrùdadh air ainmeannan-àite Idhe agus Stafa le sùil air:
    • Ciad chlàran Idhe
    • Ainmeannan charraighean Idhe
    • An dàimh eadar ainmeannan-àite Idhe agus ainmeannan-àite Mhuile
    • Cùisean co-cheangailte ri ùghdarras agus fìrinneachd a thaobh ainmeannan-àite agus dualchas

Ainmeannan-àite Gàidhlig Ghlaschu (2017– )

  • Rannsaiche
  • Sgrùdadh air ainmeannan-àite agus dualchas na Gàidhlig ann an Glaschu
  • Rannsachadh-cùise Buaidh (REF 2021)

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The Place-names of Mull & Ulva (2019– )

  • PI (LKAS research)
  • A comprehensive survey of the place-names of Mull and Ulva
  • Principal objectives:
    • Establish a firm understanding of local place-names
    • Establish normative Gaelic name-forms for local place-names
    • Publish the first comprehensive place-name survey of an area within the Gàidhealtachd (Gaelic-speaking area) of Scotland as part of the Survey of Scottish Place-Names

Iona's Namescape: Place-Names and their Dynamics in Iona and its Environs (2020–23)

  • Co-I
  • Funder: AHRC (£749,785)
  • A full place-name survey of the islands of Iona and Staffa, including investigation of:
    • The earliest records of Iona
    • The names of its monuments
    • How Iona's place-names relate to the neighbouring island of Mull
    • Issues of authority and authenticity relating to place-names and heritage

Mapping Gaelic Glasgow (2017– )

  • Researcher (UofG Research Affiliate)
  • A study of the Gaelic place-names and wider Gaelic heritage of Glasgow
  • REF 2021 Impact Case Study

Pàipearan Rannsachaidh, Òraidean & Tachartasan / Recent Papers, Talks & Events

  • 'Mu shealg dheirinnich Oisin in the Staffa Collection', An t-Ògmhios / June 2022, Finn IV: Fíanaigecht, the fourth International Finn Cycle Conference / Fionn IV: an ceathrú Comhdháil Idirnáisiúnta ar an BhFiannaíoch / Fionn IV: ceathramh co-labhairt eadar-nàiseanta na Fiannaigheachd; Luimneach/Limerick (with Dr Amiria Salmond)
  • 'Seanchas agus ainmeannan-àite ann an litreachas Muileach / Lore and names in literature from Muile~Mull', An Cèitean / May 2022, Scottish Place-Name Society spring conference, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach~Skye
  • 'Calum Cille: ainmeannan-àite is beul-oideas à Muile / Columban place-names and lore from the island of Muile/Mull', An Dùbhlachd / December 2021, Ulster Place-Name Society Annual Autumn Lecture 2021: Commemorating Colum Cille (air-loidhne / online)
  • 'The importance of song in place-name studies, linguistic research and research impact', An Dùbhlachd / December 2021, Centre for Modern Languages Research seminar, University of Aberdeen

Publications

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2022

Whyte, A. (2022) Coastal dogs and wolves in Scottish place-names. In: Onomastications: A Festschrift for Simon Taylor. Clò Gàidhlig Oilthigh Ghlaschu: Glasgow. (Accepted for Publication)

2021

Whyte, A. C. (2021) Maim-slè. Theatre Gu Leòr. ISBN 9781739945305

Whyte, A. (2021) Understanding the Norse period through place-names: a case study from the island of Mull. In: Horne, T., Pierce, E. and Barrowman, R. (eds.) The Viking Age in Scotland: Studies in Scottish Scandinavian Archaeology. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. (Accepted for Publication)

Whyte, A. C. and Whyte, R. (2021) Maim. [Audio]

2020

Whyte, A. C. (2020) The Cailleach in place-names and place-lore. Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 14(1), pp. 16-58. (doi: 10.36399/JSNS.014.01.03)

Whyte, A. (2020) MAIM. [Performance]

2016

Whyte, A. C. (2016) Alan Macniven, The Vikings in Islay: the place of names in Hebridean settlement history. Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 10, pp. 213-218. [Book Review]

2014

Whyte, A. C. (2014) Gruline, Mull, and other Inner Hebridean things. Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 8, pp. 115-152.

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Articles

Whyte, A. C. (2020) The Cailleach in place-names and place-lore. Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 14(1), pp. 16-58. (doi: 10.36399/JSNS.014.01.03)

Whyte, A. C. (2014) Gruline, Mull, and other Inner Hebridean things. Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 8, pp. 115-152.

Books

Whyte, A. C. (2021) Maim-slè. Theatre Gu Leòr. ISBN 9781739945305

Book Sections

Whyte, A. (2022) Coastal dogs and wolves in Scottish place-names. In: Onomastications: A Festschrift for Simon Taylor. Clò Gàidhlig Oilthigh Ghlaschu: Glasgow. (Accepted for Publication)

Whyte, A. (2021) Understanding the Norse period through place-names: a case study from the island of Mull. In: Horne, T., Pierce, E. and Barrowman, R. (eds.) The Viking Age in Scotland: Studies in Scottish Scandinavian Archaeology. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. (Accepted for Publication)

Book Reviews

Whyte, A. C. (2016) Alan Macniven, The Vikings in Islay: the place of names in Hebridean settlement history. Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 10, pp. 213-218. [Book Review]

Performance

Whyte, A. (2020) MAIM. [Performance]

Audio

Whyte, A. C. and Whyte, R. (2021) Maim. [Audio]

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Grants

Iona's Namescape: Place-Names and their Dynamics in Iona and its Environs / Ainm-thìr Idhe: Ainmean-àite agus an dinimigeachd ann an Ì agus a h-àrainn (2020–23)

  • AHRC (£749,785)
  • Co-I

Oyster Habitat Suitability Project (January 2022–March 2022)

  • Natural Environment Research Council (£9,976)
  • An inter-disciplinary approach to performing a habitat suitability analysis for native oysters in the Clyde
  • PI: Dr Anna McGregor, School of Life Sciences

Sgeòil is òrain eilthireachd: Air fhògair is air fhalbhan / Emigrant songs and narratives: Exiles and vagabonds (2020–21)

  • PGR Community Public Engagement Fund & Ionad Eòlas na h-Alba is na Ceiltis/Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies (£2,555) (33%)

Supervision

Bhithinn toilichte gabhail ri stiùireadh air pròiseact sam bith aig a bheil ceangal dom chuid rannsachaidh fhèin.

I would be happy to supervise students on projects related to any of my research interests.

Teaching

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Tha mi nam stiùiriche air a' chùrsa seo leanas:

  • Celtic Place-names of Scotland (Urramach)

Bidh mi a' cur ri teagasg air na cùrsaichean seo leanas:

  • Seinn sa Ghàidhlig (Urramach)
  • Introduction to Scottish Culture (JYA)
  • Celtic Civilisation 1A
  • Celtic Civilisation 1B
  • Celtic Civilisation 2B
  • Gàidhlig 1 Adhartach
  • Gàidhlig 1 Eadar-mheadhanach
  • Gàidhlig 1 Luchd-tòiseachaidh
  • Gàidhlig 1 Adhartach
  • Gàidhlig 1 Eadar-mheadhanach
  • Gàidhlig 1 Luchd-tòiseachaidh
  • Clasaichean do luchd-obrach

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I convene the following course:

  • Celtic Place-names of Scotland (Honours)

I contribute / have contributed to teaching on the following courses:

  • Gaelic Song in Performance (Honours)
  • Introduction to Scottish Culture (JYA)
  • Celtic Civilisation 1A
  • Celtic Civilisation 1B
  • Celtic Civilisation 2B
  • Gaelic 1 Advanced
  • Gaelic 1 Intermediate
  • Gaelic 1 Beginners
  • Gaelic 2 Advanced
  • Gaelic 2 Intermediate
  • Gaelic 2 Beginners
  • Gaelic classes for staff

Additional information

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Dreuchdan & dleastanasan eile

  • Bàrd Urramach: An Comunn Oiseanach (2022-2023)
  • Cathraiche: Co-Roinn Ghàidhlig Mhuile & Idhe (2022- )
  • Cathraiche: Ceòl is Craic (2022- )
  • Stiùiriche: Dòrlach (2020- )
  • Stiùiriche: Comann Mhuile & Idhe (2016- )
  • Stiùiriche: Co-Roinn Ghàidhlig Mhuile & Idhe (2020- )
  • Ball-comataidh: Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (2020- )
  • Ball-comataidh: Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (às leth Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba) (2020-)
  • Labhraiche: SQA (2014- )
  • Oide na Gàidhlig: Bùrach (còisir) (2013- )
  • Britheamh: An Comunn Gàidhealach (2011- )
  • Ceann-suidhe: Comann Mhuile is Idhe (2019-2022)
  • Cathraiche: An Lòchran (2018-2019)

Duaisean

  • Tosgaire na Gàidhlig 2019 & 2020 (Riaghaltas na h-Alba)
  • Duais Ealain is Chultarach 2019, Duaisean Gàidhlig na h-Alba (leis a' chòmhlan WHYTE)
  • Bonn Òir a' Chomuinn Ghàidhealaich (2006)

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Other roles and responsibilities

  • Honorary Bard: An Comunn Oiseanach (2022-2023)
  • Chair: Co-Roinn Ghàidhlig Mhuile & Idhe / The Mull and Iona Gaelic Partnership (2022- )
  • Chair: Ceòl is Craic (2022- )
  • Director: Dòrlach (2020- )
  • Director: Comann Mhuile & Idhe / The Mull and Iona Association (2016- )
  • Director: Co-Roinn Ghàidhlig Mhuile is Idhe / The Mull and Iona Gaelic Partnership (2020- )
  • Committee member: Scottish Place-Name Society (2020- )
  • Committee member: Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (Scottish Place-Name Society representative) (2020- )
  • Speaker: SQA (2014- )
  • Gaelic reader: Bùrach Gaelic Choir (2013- )
  • Adjudicator: An Comunn Gàidhealach (2011- )
  • President: Comann Mhuile is Idhe / Mull and Iona Association (2019-2022)
  • Chair: An Lòchran (2018-2019)

Awards

  • Scottish Government Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019 & 2020
  • Arts & Culture Award 2019, Scottish Gaelic Awards (with the band WHYTE)
  • Men's Gold Medal, The Royal National Mòd (solo singing) (2006)