Black (Ronald)

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Black, Ronald, The Campbells of the Ark: men of Argyll in 1745, 2 vols, Edinburgh: John Donald (Birlinn), 2017.  

In the course of his long poem An Airce, ‘The Ark’, the Jacobite poet Alexander MacDonald shows the Campbells being subjected to trial by water for the part they played in defeating Prince Charles’s army in 1745–6. Some will be drowned outright, he says, some just given a good ducking – and some will be honourably treated. He names forty individuals; Ronald Black puts their lives and deeds under the microscope to see how far they deserved their allotted fate. The result is a well-balanced portrait of the leading men of Argyll in the eighteenth century and a refreshingly new perspective on one of the most colourful episodes in Scottish history: the rising of the ’45 as seen through the eyes of Highlanders who helped to crush it. The Campbells of the Ark includes a detailed study of the sixty-three locally based companies of the Argyllshire Militia of 1745–6, covering every corner of this fascinating county, from Kintyre to Ardnamurchan, from Islay to Genorchy.

Black, Ronald, “Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland”, Ó Macháin, Pádraig (director), Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. URL: <>.
Black, Ronald, “How wrong can we be? Peering into the future of Scottish Gaelic literature”, in: Sims-Williams, Patrick, and Gruffydd Aled Williams (eds.), Croesi ffiniau: Trafodion y 12fed Gyngres Astudiaethau Celtaidd Ryngwladol 24–30 Awst 2003, Prifysgol Cymru, Aberystwyth / Crossing boundaries: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Celtic Studies, 24–30 August 2003, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 53–54, Aberystwyth: CMCS Publications, 2007. 133–146.
Black, Ronald, William Gillies, and Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh (eds), Celtic connections: proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Celtic Studies, vol. 1: Language, literature, history, culture, East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 1999.
Black, Ronald, “Four O’Daly manuscripts”, Éigse 26 (1992): 43–79.
Black, Ronald, “Studies in honour of James Carney (1914–89)”, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 23 (Summer, 1992): 99–107.
Black, Ronald, “A Scottish grammatical tract, c. 1640”, Celtica 21 (1990): 3–16.
Black, Ronald, “The Gaelic manuscripts of Scotland”, in: Gillies, William (ed.), Gaelic and Scotland / Alba agus a’ Gàidhlig, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1989. 146–174.
Black, Ronald, “The Gaelic Academy. Appendix: the Ingliston papers”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 15 (1988): 103–121.
Black, Ronald, “The Gaelic Academy: the cultural commitment of the Highland Society of Scotland”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 14:2 (1986): 1–38.
Bannerman, John, and Ronald Black, “A sixteenth-century Gaelic letter”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 13:1 (Autumn, 1978): 56–65.
Black, Ronald, “A manuscript of Cathal Mac Muireadhaigh”, Celtica 10 (1973): 193–209.
Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge – edition of the poem: <link>


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