History of The Society

Building on the foundations laid by Lord Archibald Campbell, the Kennedy-Frasers and a host of increasingly accomplished clàrsairean, two remarkable women hatched the idea to establish an association dedicated to the clarsach and its music: Mrs Duncan MacLeod (née Isabella McNeill) of Skeabost, Skye and Hilda Mary Campbell of Airds.

Isabella, together with her entrepreneur husband, was a philanthropist and staunch promoter of Gaelic culture, whilst Hilda’s energy and zeal had contributed considerably to raising the profile of the Mòd: how fitting, then, that the first meeting of the “small group of enthusiasts” who were to become Comunn na Clàrsach should take place at the Dingwall Mòd on 25 September 1931.

To read more about the fascinating history of The Clarsach Society, look no further than Dr Stuart Eydmann’s beautifully-written and meticulously-researched book In Good Hands: The Clarsach Society and the Renaissance of the Scottish Harpavailable to purchase here.