6 June 2012
June 6th 2012 is a significant day for the Carmichael Watson Project whose website is hosted by EDINA. Exactly 100 years ago the man who put the Carmichael into Carmichael Watson, Alexander Carmichael passed away. Hailing from the island of Lismore, he was a truly unique man, who spent his lifetime collecting folklore and items of significance to Highland culture, some of which can be seen in the National Museum of Scotland. He is best known for compiling "Carmina Gadelica", a collection of Gaelic songs and incantations (and actually so much more) for which he received an honorary LLD from the University in 1906.
So, how might this affect you? Well, to mark his passing, we're trying to crowdsource photographs of every place he lived in. While he spent most of his career in the Outer Hebrides and was also posted, as an exciseman, to Dublin, Cornwall, Islay and Skye, he also lived in several locations in Edinburgh. If you are near any of these locations today and would like to take a photograph of it for us, we'd be delighted. You can send photographs to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our Facebook page or tweet them and tag us.
A list of locations is given on our blog post and includes a link to a map of all the Edinburgh locations. Of course if you know anyone in Trevance, St Issey; Bridgend, Islay; Carbost, Skye etc who might oblige do pass the message on - this is crowdsourcing after all! Many thanks! - Carmichael Watson Project Team.
The Carmichael Watson Project is one of EDINA's Services developed for partner organisations, see http://edina.ac.uk/read/index.html and is funded by The Leverhulme Trust.