G C Hay - A Place in Makar's Court

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The Makar’s Court at Edinburgh Writers’ Museum is an ongoing project to celebrate the lives and works of Scottish writers.

George Campbell Hay/Deòrsa Mac Iain Dheòrsa (1915 - 1984) was an outstanding Scottish poet , and one of the very few  ever to write in all three langauges of Scotland; Scots, Gaelic and English.

As such, he deserves the recognition which a commemmorative stone in the Makar's Court would give, and which many of his  contemporaries already enjoy.

I am a doctoral student at Scotland's University of the Highlands and Islands, and George Campbell Hay is the subject of my doctoral thesis.  I have obtained the approval of the Saltire Society who oversee The Makar's Court for a stone to commemmorate G C Hay to be placed there, and the Court stonemason is currently working on a design for it. The cost   will be in the region of £3250. 

Fundraising for these stones  is normally undertaken by associations devoted to the writer concerned. There is no George Campbell Hay Society to undertake fundraising,  so  in this instance  I am giving some of the money and seeking to raise the rest. 

It is hoped that the stone will be ready for unveiling in the autumn. This campaign will run until the end of September. The funds raised are  being collected in a dedicated bank account set up for the purpose and will  be sent  to the appropriate City Museums Officer at Edinburgh City Council at that date.

There are very few things in this world which would lead me to ask other people to help me reach a  financial goal. I'm only doing it now because  I feel so very strongly that George Campbell Hay more than deserves to be commemorated in this important cultural space, and because I am sure that there are others out there who will  agree, and who will welcome this opportunity to assist in bringing this about..

Photo Gordon Wright. I m grateful to  Gordon Wright, pulisher and photographer, who has kindly allowed me to use his photograph of Campbell Hay for this campaign.
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I am delighted to pass on two bits of news. The first is that, with the help of a donation from the Catherine McCaig Trust, and another one from an anonymous donor, the appeal reached its £2500 target. I am surprised and thrilled by the amount raised.

Secondly, the stone is now in place. There was a lovely ceremony at the Makar's Court last Friday morning: we even had some sunshine for it! Gordon Wright, one time publisher and long time friend of George Campbell Hay, did the actual unveiling, two of Hay's songs were sung, one in a setting newly composed for the occasion, and afterwards Michel Byrne proposed a taste to Hay's memory. It was great to see so many friends there, and also to meet some new people, donors who I didn't already know.

And here's a photo of the stone in situ. Getting it in place is quite an achievement and I'd like to say thank you one last time to everyone who helped bring this to pass.

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I'm delighted to say that the project is coming to a successful conclusion. The unveiling of the stone will be on the morning of Friday 21st April. All donors are welcome to attend and should receive an official invitation from Edinburgh City Council via e-mail by the end of March. If for some reason your invitation doesn't arrive, please let me know so that I can ensure one is sent out.
And as always many many thanks for your generous support.
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A couple of people have asked recently how the project is going, so a quick update. The stone is done and the site in Makar's Court has been allocated. Now it's just a case of choosing a date for the 'unveiling' and getting that organised. Stones are not laid in the first three months of the year, so the likelihood is that this one will be done in late April or early May. Details will be posted here when finalised, at which point I will also close the appeal. Once again many thanks for all your support, both financial and moral, over the last few months. I am very grateful.
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I was away recently but just before I left I was able to sign off on the design for the stone, which felt like real progress.

Although I had initially intended to close this appeal at the end of September, that was in anticipation of the stone being almost ready to lay at that stage. We are still some way off that, as the site has to be agreed and then the stone carved, so I have decided to leave this open for now, mainly so that I can update you on further progress.
Once again huge thanks to everyone who has supported this thus far.
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Heather Cawte
27 months ago

Congratulations! I only wish I could be there to celebrate with you!

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Heather Cawte
31 months ago

Good to hear how it's coming along!

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Heather Cawte
32 months ago

Marvellous news! Congratulations

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Liam Alastair Crouse
34 months ago

'Cha chuir ceann is cridh' air iomrall thu. Bi iomlan is bi beo.' I hope the last word gets an accent - 'beò'.

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Heather Cawte
27 months ago

Congratulations! I only wish I could be there to celebrate with you!

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Heather Cawte
31 months ago

Good to hear how it's coming along!

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Heather Cawte
32 months ago

Marvellous news! Congratulations

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Liam Alastair Crouse
34 months ago

'Cha chuir ceann is cridh' air iomrall thu. Bi iomlan is bi beo.' I hope the last word gets an accent - 'beò'.

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