Dunbar named Edinburgh Uni’s Celtic chair

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A RENOWNED expert in Gaelic has been appointed to Scotland’s oldest chair of Celtic studies in the Capital.

Robert Dunbar is Edinburgh University’s new chair of Celtic Languages, Literature, History and Antiquities, which was established in 1882.

Professor Dunbar is recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on Gaelic language policy and, prior to his appointment at Edinburgh, was senior research professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Prof Jeremy Robbins, head of Edinburgh University’s school of literatures, languages and cultures, welcomed the appointment.

He said: “Professor Dunbar’s acceptance of the historic chair of Celtic Languages, Literature, History and Antiquities will further our research leadership in Gaelic.”