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Andrew Wiseman

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Chasing the Deer: Hunting Iconography, Literature and Tradition of the Scottish Highlands
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), University of Glasgow
Brae Lochaber: Gaelic Oral Tradition and the Repertoire of John MacDonald, Highbridge’
Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh


Twice a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Dr Andrew Wiseman has been a Research Associate on the Calum Maclean Project Follow-on Phase since November 2012. The first phase of the three-year AHRC-funded Calum Maclean Project, based at the University of Edinburgh with input from University College Dublin, concluded in 2009 and created a searchable database which is now the largest known digital corpus of Scottish Gaelic oral texts, amounting to c. 2.5 million words. This follow-on phase seeks to enhance and develop this resource through innovative dissemination methods with the inclusion of capsule biographies of Maclean’s informants, multimedia content as well as through social media.

From 2009 until 2011, Andrew was a Research Associate on the Carmichael-Watson Project which produced an online catalogue of Alexander Carmichael’s fieldwork notebooks which is one of the foremost collections of its kind in the country, and is crucial to understanding the customs, storytelling traditions, poetry, songs and general lore of the Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland.

Current research activity includes an anthology of Calum Maclean’s academic and popular writings, including a definitive edition of The Highlands, a classic of its genre. Also building upon recent academic and popular articles, a study is currently under preparation under the working title A Noxious Pack–The Scottish Wolf: A Natural and Cultural History.

Research Interests

  • Gaelic Ethnography (Collectors, Oral Narrative, Song and Traditional Music)
  • The Supernatural in Gaelic Tradition
  • Cultural History of Hunting in Scotland
  • Custom, Belief and Ritual
  • Digital Humanities and Gaelic Oral Traditions
  • Highland History

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