Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr John Shaw

(Former employee or visitor)


  • Training in Linguistics and Celtic Studies
  • extensive fieldwork on Gaelic oral tradition/folklore on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Gaelic language instructor
  • civil servant and Gaelic Development Officer in the Highlands and Islands
  • Lecturer in Celtic, King's College, University of Aberdeen.

Research Interests

  • Gaelic ethnology (oral narrative, song and traditional music)
  • social contexts of storytelling and song
  • native taxonomies
  • emigrant Scottish traditions
  • the interface between academic research and language/culture maintenance and development.

Research projects

Principle Investigator for The Calum Maclean Collection Online Catalogue Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which aims to make a major collection of material central to Scottish Ethnology available in digital form as an accessible and flexible research resource.

The project is based at the School of Scottish Studies in the Department of Scottish and Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and is partnered with University College, Dublin.

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