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TITLE
Gillie Calum
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_MCIAN_25
DATE OF IMAGE
1847
PERIOD
1840s
CREATOR
R R McIan
SOURCE
Highland Folk Museum
ASSET ID
19788
KEYWORDS
occupations
dancing
entertainment
Gillie Calum

Gillie Calum, the sword dance, is one of the oldest of the traditional Highland dances. It is said to have originated in 1054, when the victorious King Malcolm Canmore put his slain victim's sword on the ground with his own and danced over them.

This is a postcard showing the work of the Scottish artist R R McIan. It is one of a series of illustrations in which he portrays aspects of rural life in the Highlands. The illustrations were published in the book 'Gaelic gatherings, or the Highlanders at Home on heather, river and loch', published 1847-49, with accompanying text by James Logan.

The artist was an accomplished sword dancer

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Gillie Calum

1840s

occupations; dancing; entertainment

Highland Folk Museum

R.R. McIan Illustrations

Gillie Calum, the sword dance, is one of the oldest of the traditional Highland dances. It is said to have originated in 1054, when the victorious King Malcolm Canmore put his slain victim's sword on the ground with his own and danced over them.<br /> <br /> This is a postcard showing the work of the Scottish artist R R McIan. It is one of a series of illustrations in which he portrays aspects of rural life in the Highlands. The illustrations were published in the book 'Gaelic gatherings, or the Highlanders at Home on heather, river and loch', published 1847-49, with accompanying text by James Logan.<br /> <br /> The artist was an accomplished sword dancer