Scottish History MA/MA(SocSci)

Innse Gall, Ulaidh agus Rìgh Seumas VI. Tuineachadh agus Sìobhaltas, c.1541-1639 GAELIC4050

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the expropriation of lands in the Hebrides and in the north of Ireland during the reign of James VI, 1567-1625, and the subsequent plantation of non-Gaelic speaking peoples in areas which had hitherto been Gaelic speech communities. This contentious topic will be explored from several perspectives and an emphasis will be placed on the need to accommodate, if not reconcile, differing points of view. This new course will parallel an existing (English language) History course - Plantation and Civility in the Isles and Ulster (HIST 4247). Students will attend a common lecture but will be able to submit Gaelic language work for assessment and to attend Gaelic language seminars.


1x1hr lectures, 1x1hr seminars per week over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2500 words) - 20%, in Gaelic, which should draw on primary source research.

Presentation (10 minutes) - 10%, in Gaelic with handout and PowerPoint

Seminar participation in Gaelic - 10%

Exam (2 hour duration) -60%

Offered as a bilingual exam paper. The student can choose to write in either Gaelic or English.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity for students to:

■ Develop the intellectual and analytical skills acquired during the first and second years, whether in History, Celtic and Gaelic or elsewhere.

■ Provide students with an overview of the plantation process in both the Hebrides and in Ulster at the beginning of the seventeenth century.

■ Apply historical analysis in understanding Gaelic Society and its interaction with the Anglophone & Scotophone world from Gaelic as well as from non-Gaelic perspectives.

■ Develop an understanding of the rationale and motivations of planters.

■ Make students aware of historiographical issues in plantation history.

■ Help develop critical and analytical skills through the close reading of sources by studying historical documents (in translation where necessary).

■ Develop primary source research and essay writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Give a coherent description, in Gaelic, of the forces at work in the plantation process incorporating contrasting perspectives.

■ Discuss critically, in Gaelic, the distinctive features of society in the Hebrides and Ulster and their responses to plantation.

■ Evaluate the pressures and motivations at play in moving people from (England and) Scotland to undertake plantation in the Hebrides and Ulster.

■ Engage with and comment on historical analysis as it applies to Plantation in the Hebrides and Ulster.

■ Contextualise and analyse a number of primary sources (accessed either in English, Scots or in Gaelic, in translation, as may be necessary).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.