Celtic Resources

"Cho glic ri sagart agus eallach leabhraichean air"

Celtic Collection Overview

Students and visiting scholars at St FX can access a remarkable collection of Celtic Studies materials, especially as relating to Scottish Gaelic. It is the largest of its kind in Canada, and one of the most significant in North America.

Highlights of the Collection

  • ~ 10,000 items
  • Monographs, Serials, Pamphlets, ephemera, manuscripts, recorded material, newspaper clippings
  • ~ 30 Current Periodical Subscriptions
  • Local history materials, including letters, manuscripts, genealogy, artifacts, oral history
  • Scottish Gaelic language resources
  • Celtic Literature, poetry, prose anthologies, folklore, music, instructional and lexicographical material
  • 18th Century Historical and Statistical works pertaining to the Jacobite period in Scottish History
  • Books published in Scottish Gaelic prior to 1900

Rare Items:

  • Ais-eiridh na Sean Chanoin Albannaich, Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair, 1751, 1st ed.
  • MacTalla, 1892-1904, Johnathan MacKinnon
  • Companach an Òganaich, Alexander MacGillivra, 1836
  • William O'Donnell's translation of the Bible into Irish, with a Scottish Gaelic Glossary, 1690

See official webpage for the Celtic Collections


The Celtic Collection at St FX holds a number of important Celtic manuscripts (originals and reproductions), including the "Ridge" MSS, the Angus Stephen Beaton MSS, and the Hector MacLean MSS.


There are a number of audio and video recordings that have been made in Nova Scotia, or by scholars based at St FX, which are housed at St FX. These include recordings made of Duncan Angus MacRae in Glengarry in 1914, by John Lorne Campbell in Nova Scotia in 1937, and the Cape Breton Gaelic Folklore Collection by John Shaw from 1977 to 1982.

Many of the most important items are available online from our web service Sruth nan Gàidheal / Gael-Stream

Digital Resources

A number of our rare and important items are available digitally via our web services. Some of the items of interest to Celtic scholars are:

See official webpage for the St FX Digital Collections

See also Sruth nan Gàidheal / Gael-Stream