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Dr Gillian Rothach has been named as the new principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.


She will replace Professor Boyd Robertson who is retiring in the spring.


Dr Rothach is currently deputy director of studies and head of research at the college.


Angus MacLeod, chair of the board of directors, said: “We are delighted to offer this important role to Gillian.


“We were seeking in a new principal someone with vision, enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge, and we have recognised all of these qualities in Gillian.


“Her genuine commitment to the college and to Gaelic, means that she will be able to continue the excellent work of her predecessors.”

Fluent in Gaelic and Scots, Dr Rothach who grew up in the North-East, has always had an empathy with and interest in language and its impact on culture and society.


She has a master’s degree in Celtic Studies and a PhD in Scottish Ethnology and Social Anthropology, equipping her with a suitable breadth of knowledge to lead the National Centre for Gaelic language and culture.

Dr Rothach lives in Skye with her two children who are also fluent Gaelic speakers.


She will begin in post in August.


First female principal for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

1 March 2018