A stone for Màiri Mhòr nan Òran in Makars' Court

To install a flagstone in Makars' Court, Edinburgh, for Mary MacPherson, 'Màiri Mhòr nan Òran', the first Gaelic woman poet to be included

Makars' Court in Edinburgh's Old Town commemorates some of the most notable writers from over 600 years of Scottish literature. Their names and words are inscribed on flagstones on the ground and walls of this impressive courtyard.

So far only three Gaelic writers have been included - none of them women. We wish to honour one of the foremost Gaelic poets of the 19th century: Mary MacPherson / Màiri Nic a-Phearsain, or as she is best known, Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, Big Mary of the Songs. Màiri Mhòr was remarkable in many ways: a proud Skye woman, a strong Gaelic-speaking Highland woman, a powerful female voice for her language, her people and her culture, and an eloquent ‘makar’ of Gaelic song-poetry.

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