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Archibald Sinclair as well as being a "Gaelic" Printer (founder of the Celtic Press in Glasgow) with his business at Waterloo Street in Glasgow was the President of the Glasgow Islay Association. The Association was founded in the year 1862 its purposes being to gather and preserve the traditions, folk tales and poetry of Islay. The first meeting being held in the Garrick`s Hotel, Stockwell Street and presided by Archibald Sinclair. There would also be further meetings to help bring together natives of the island who were then resident in Glasgow and to also provide relief and assistance to the more less fortunate.

In later years the Sinclair Memorial Fund was set up with the yearly focus on purchasing Gaelic literature to encourage the studying of Gaelic in Islay schools.


Archibald Sinclair
The result of which the Directors offered to refund the fees of students of Islay descent who did well with their Gaelic studies at Glasgow High School Continuation Classes.


With its strong interest in promoting the literature of the Island the Association produced various publications:

1882….Gaelic Poems of William Livingstone

1890….West Highland Tales                                by John F. Campbell

1892….The Ultonian Hero Ballads                   by Hector MacLean