Eòghann MacLachlainn

Ewen MacLachlan (1775–1822) was a prominent Gaelic writer of the (primarily) nineteenth century, who worked at the University of Aberdeen as the librarian at King’s College. In addition to his scholarly and poetic works, he is particularly remembered for his translation of classical literature into Gaelic. MacLachlan’s translation of a substantial portion of the Iliad into Gaelic is still admired today and remains one of the masterpieces of translation into the language. For these reasons, it was felt entirely appropriate to attach MacLachlan’s name to the National Centre for Gaelic Translation, which is based only yards from where he worked some two centuries ago.

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