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Kirsty Elder

Access to Higher Education (Celtic Studies) SWAP I wanted to do Primary Education with Gaelic at Edinburgh University. While I was researching access to this, I discovered that Celtic Studies was designed to set you […]

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Conor McCue

Access to Higher Education (Celtic Studies) SWAP, 2015 – 2016 I heard about the course through word of mouth. I’ve really enjoyed the course. It’s been challenging. I had no education past the age of […]

Sam Shackleton (current Celtic Studies student) playing the banjo

Enjoying the craic at the Xmas Ceilidh December 2015

At the Christmas ceilidh in December 2015 Staff and students, past and present, enjoying the festivities Sam Shackleton (current Celtic Studies student) playing the banjo Neil Macgregor (Lecturer – Gaelic Language) playing the mouth organ […]

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Newbattle Abbey is an ideal setting for exploring the history of Scotland, and the College offers as options Medieval Scottish History, the Scottish Reformation (1542-1587) and the Treaty of Union of 1707, all of which […]

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About Us

Welcome to the Newbattle Abbey College website which I hope will give you a flavour of the life and work of our college. As Scotland’s Adult Education Residential College, we offer adults with few or […]

Archie Hind

Archie Hind 1928-2008

Born in Glasgow, Archie Hind worked as a trolley-bus driver, a worker in a slaughterhouse and served in Singapore and Ceylon during the Second World War, prior to the publication of his award-winning novel, The […]

Gregor Addison
Alumni Association

Gregor Addison

My name is Gregor Addison and I was at Newbattle in 1988. I studied English/Philosophy and this gave me enough to carry on to university. Up until that year students had been able to study […]

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Successful Celtic Festival

Newbattle’s third Celtic Festival took place on 19 May 2012, as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations. The festivals are planned in partnership with a wide range of national and local groups and small businesses. […]