Lecture on “Place Names and Saints’ Cults: a window on medieval Scotland” to be given in Derry

In celebration of Colmcille Day, the Northern Ireland city of Derry is hosting a lecture by Gilbert Markus on “Place Names and Saints’ Cults: a window on medieval Scotland.”

The lecture takes place today at the Tower Museum and is organised by Derry City Council’s Heritage and Museum Service as its Annual Colmcille Lecture.

The lecture will begin with a study of the cult of St Serf moving onto place names referring to Columba and Columban saints. The lecture will focus on how place names, referring to saints and their cults, can tell us about history and historical evidence.

Gilbert, who is from Glasgow University, is currently working on an Arts, Humanities Research Council funded project titled ‘The Expansion and Contradiction of Gaelic in Medieval Scotland: the onomastic evidence.’

Gilbert’s research interests include place names as historical evidence; early medieval literature in Scotland and Ireland; belief and culture in the early Gaelic Church; and the cult of saints. He has published extensively including a series of volumes on the place names of Fife; Adomnan and seventh century law; and Early Medieval religious poetry.

The Annual Colmcille Lecture has been running for a considerable number of years, with a vast array of speakers, the interest it generates each year is considerable.

The lecture series is a celebration of the life and traditions of Saint Colmcille and an opportunity to highlight the longstanding historic and linguistic connections between Ireland and Scotland. Guest lecturers in the past have explored and discussed our distinctive history, heritage and languages, focusing on place names, language historiography, the Annals and the legends of Colmcille.

The lecture will take place at the Tower Museum at 7.00pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Source: Derry City Council

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