Dr Alasdair Whyte

  • Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Research Fellowship in Celtic Onomastics (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. Ron sin, bha e na Rannsaiche Chleamhnaichte aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu. 'S e ainmeannan-àite Mhuile agus Ghlaschu a phrìomh chuspairean rannsachaidh. Tha e na dheasaiche air The Journal of Scottish Name Studies.

A thuilleadh air a chuid rannsachaidh, tha e na sheinneadair, na òranaiche, na sgrìobhaiche-dràma, na chleasaiche agus na phreasantair. Chaidh a ainmeachadh mar Thosgaire na Bliadhna le Riaghaltas na h-Alba ann an 2019.

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Alasdair C. Whyte was appointed as an LKAS Research Fellow in Celtic Onomastics in October 2019. He was previously a Research Affiliate at the University of Glasgow. His research to date has focussed primarily on the place-names of Mull and Glasgow. He is editor of The Journal of Scottish Name Studies.

In addition to his academic work, he is a singer, songwriter, playwright, actor and presenter. He was named Gaelic Ambassador of the Year by The Scottish Government in 2019.

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 a' gabhail a-steach:

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

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

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

Pròiseactan Rannsachaidh / 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

Publications

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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)

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.

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]

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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 (25%)

Supervision

Bhithinn toilichte gabhail ri stiùireadh air pròiseact sam bith aig a bheil ceangal dom chuid rannsachaidh fhèin, gu h-àraid air ainmeannan-àite. 

I would be happy to supervise students on projects related to any of my research interests, particularly place-name studies.

Teaching

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Tha mi nam stiùiriche air a' chùrsa seo leanas:

  • Celtic Place-names of Scotland (Urramach)

Bidh mi a' cur / Tha mi air 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

  • 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- )
  • Stiùiriche: Co-Roinn Ghàidhlig Mhuile is Idhe (2020- )
  • Stiùiriche: Dòrlach (2020- )
  • Ceann-suidhe: Comann Mhuile is Idhe (2019- )
  • Labhraiche: SQA (2014- )
  • Oide na Gàidhlig: Bùrach (còisir) (2013- )
  • Britheamh: An Comunn Gàidhealach (2011- )
  • Cathraiche: An Lòchran (2018-2019)

Duaisean

  • Tosgaire na Gàidhlig 2019 (Riaghaltas na h-Alba)
  • Duais Ealain is Chultarach 2019, Duaisean Gàidhlig na h-Alba (leis a' chòmhlan WHYTE)
  • Bonn Òir a' Chomuinn Ghàidhealaich (2016)

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Other roles and responsibilities

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

Awards

  • Scottish Government Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019
  • Arts & Culture Award 2019, Scottish Gaelic Awards (with the band WHYTE)
  • Men's Gold Medal, The Royal National Mòd (solo singing) (2016)