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Collection GD3 - Donald R Morrison, bard of Scalpay, Harris

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GB3002 GD3


Donald R Morrison, bard of Scalpay, Harris


  • 1963-2009 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

5 boxes

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Name of creator

Morrison, Donald R, b 1928?, Gaelic bard and writer, known as Dolaidh the bard (b 1928?)

Biographical history

Donald R Morrison, from the Isle of Scalpay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland deposited records of his work as a journalist, writer and poet with the Stornoway Gazette and The Oban Times newspapers. He deposited the collection with Stornoway Library over a period of a number of years.
Amongst his work, he wrote a weekly article on Scalpay, the area where he has lived all his life for the “Oban Times” newspaper and also was crowned bard at the Mod in 1958. He has also contributed to the Stornoway Gazette through sending photographs, poetry and stories which were published in the paper.

Archival history

The collection was amassed by DR Morrison of the Isle of Scalpay, Scotland. He is a writer, poet and also, was a reporter for the Oban Times newspaper and the Stornoway Gazette. He previously held the collection but gradually deposited the collections to the Library in Stornoway.
The collection was created from approximately 1961 to 2005

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by DR Morrison, from 1961 until approximately 2005 with Stornoway Library.

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Scope and content

Published books containing some Donald R Morrison’s poetry 1965-1997; short stories 1957-1990; personal notes 1965-1997; published works 1965-1996; work published in newspapers 1946-2005; books containing work by Donald R Morrison 1973-1998; articles and cuttings by Donald R Morrison 1963-1997; cuttings of photographs from newspapers 2003; personal photographs 1928-1989; letters and correspondence 1969-2011

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


More collections are likely to be deposited by DR Morrison

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Arranged into series.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Scottish Gaelic

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Paper records, photographs, newspaper cuttings, published books containing some of his work.

Finding aids

Digital file level list available in the Tasglann nan Eilean Siar searchroom

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