Smith (Donald) (1756-1805)

  • 1756–1805
  • Glen Orchy, Argyll and Bute
  • scribes, scholars, manuscript collectors and owners
  • (agents)
Scottish army surgeon, and Gaelic scholar, scribe and owner of manuscripts; was the younger brother of Rev. John Smith, who wrote and translated in Scottish Gaelic. Ronald Black (below, p. 11): “a native of Glenorchy and graduate of St Andrews, had been a surgeon in Crieff, with the Black Watch in America, and with the Breadalbane Fencibles at Enniskillen in Ireland. Now holding a staff appointment in Edinburgh, he had built up a big personal collection of old manuscripts, gleaned mainly in Ireland. He had written a ‘Disquisition on the Ancient Celts’ and an ‘Ancient History of the Scots’, neither of which was published”.
Smith, Donald, “XIX. Account of the principal manuscripts now in the possession of the Highland Society, relating to the subject of the Committee’s Inquiries”, in: Henry Mackenzie, Report of the Committee of the Highland Society of Scotland: appointed to inquire into the nature and authenticity of the Poems of Ossian, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1805. 285–312, plates I–III.
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Smith, Donald, “Remarks on some corruptions which have been introduced into the orthography, and pronunciation, of the Gaelic: with proposals for removing them, and restoring the purity of the language”, Transactions of the Highland Society of Scotland 1 (1799): 324–343.
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Smith (John) [1747-1807]
Smith (John) ... 1747-1807
Church of Scotland minister of Campbeltown (Argyll) and Gaelic scholar, author and translator, who was involved in translating the Bible into Scottish Gaelic and argued in favour of the authenticity of the Ossian poems.

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Black, Ronald, “The Gaelic Academy: the cultural commitment of the Highland Society of Scotland”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 14:2 (1986): 1–38.
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Society for the Benefit of the Sons and Daughters of the Clergy, The new statistical account of Scotland, 15 vols, Edinburgh, London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1845.  
Fifteen volumes: Vol. 1. List of parishes, Edinburgh; Vol. 2. Linlithgow, Haddington, Berwick; Vol. 3. Roxburgh, Peebles, Selkirk; Vol. 4. Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Wigton; Vol. 5. Ayr, Bute; Vol. 6. Lanark; Vol. 7. Renfrew, Argyle; Vol. 8. Dunbarton, Stirling, Clackmannan; Vol. 9. Fife, Kinross; Vol. 10. Perth; Vol. 11. Forfar, Kincardine; Vol. 12. Aberdeen; Vol. 13. Banff, Elgin, Nairn; Vol. 14. Inverness, Ross and Cromarty; Vol. 15. Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney, Shetland, General index.
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Vol. 7, 94 [‘Argyllshire: Glenurchy and Inishalil’]
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