Discover more about Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches in the blogs published here, which cover a wide range of fascinating subjects from the website. We also publish information about our events, projects and resources in this section. Blogs are added on a regular basis so please re-visit this section to view the latest ones and keep up to date with what we’re doing.


A rich harvest from autumnal traditions

Many of the traditions associated with harvest across Scotland come from a time when people were far more connected to the land, to the cycle of the seasons, to the patterns of the agricultural year – a time when the whole community would depend upon each other for their well-being and survival.

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A folk villain in Augmented Reality

The Protestant Reformation in the 16th century combined state, religion, language, and land tenure into an explosive mix. This article will explore the oral accounts of an infamous character who consolidated his power through murderous plots.

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Calum Ferguson - New Artist in Residence

We are delighted that Gaelic artist Calum Ferguson has been awarded an arts residency with Tobar an Dualchais and ATLAS Arts to explore and create work relating to the recordings on our website.

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The Return of the Silver Chanter

The Great Highland Bagpipe is indigenous to the Gàidhealtachd – the most fundamental characteristics of its sound, tonality and musical forms stretching back over hundreds of years and interwoven with a wealth of related stories, historical legends, proverbs, poetic verse, and cultural associations preserved in literature and oral tradition.

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Newly-Added Contributors from Highland Perthshire

A traditional crossing point of Highland and Lowland culture in Scotland, the county of Perthshire has always been a fascinating place for those interested in Scottish culture. At Tobar an Dualchais, we are delighted to have recently uploaded to our website a selection of newly-added contributors from Perthshire from the archives of both the School of Scottish Studies and the BBC.

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Travelling folk and a rich well of tradition

To celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, this month’s Tobar an Dualchais feature has been written by the author and storyteller Jess Smith. Jess is from a Scottish Traveller family and was privileged to sit round campfires enthralled by all kinds of tales and legends from the traveller tradition.

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