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Lachlan Macbean

MACBEAN, Lachlan. b. Kiltarlity, Inverness, 6 November 1853; d. Kirkcaldy, 24 January 1931. He was a Gaelic scholar and journalist. He edited the Fifeshire Advertiser, but his principal interest was in Gaelic language and literature. He published several instruction books, including Elementary Lessons in Gaelic (1889) and a Guide to Gaelic Conversation and Pronunciation (1895). He is also remembered for his interest in Gaelic hymnody: he published The Sacred Songs of the Gael (1886) and Songs and Hymns of the Scottish Highlands (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oban, 1888). The latter contained the hymn by Mary Macdonald*, ‘Leanabh an aigh’, translated by Macbean as ‘Child in the...

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