Advisory Board

The Advisory Board contributes to policy-making in the academic aspects of the dictionary project. The Board consists of

Marace Dareau Marace Dareau, Editorial Consultant. She was Editorial Director of the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (1931-2002) and an editor of the Concise Scots Dictionary (1985). She was Principal Editor of Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd until 2014. She also edited the glossary of the Edinburgh Encyclopaedia of English Language and Linguistics (1994). She is Lexicographical Consultant for the dictionary.
Marace Dareau Dr Charles Dillon, Editor since 2016 of the Royal Irish Academy’s Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge/Historical Dictionary of Irish. He holds a PhD in early modern Irish language and literature from Ulster University. In addition to lexicography he has research interests in manuscript studies and the Irish literary and linguistic tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Dictionary project he leads has recently published the online Historical Corpus of Irish 1600-1926.
Professor William Gillies Professor William Gillies, Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He has extensive research interests, including the Gaelic of the Middle Ages, the Book of the Dean of Lismore, and the Books of Clanranald, of which he is completing a major edition. His contribution to Gaelic dialectology is most evident in his role in the successful completion and publication of the Survey of the Gaelic Dialects of Scotland (1994-7). As Project Manager from 1994-2001, he led the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue project to its successful conclusion.
Dr Anthony Harvey Dr Anthony Harvey, Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources (DMLCS). He has been part of the DMLCS project since 1985 and Editor since 1990. He holds a PhD in early medieval Gaelic and British linguistics and literacy from Cambridge University’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, where he had previously gained his MA, and has lectured and published widely on these subjects. He teaches conversational Welsh informally in Dublin, and is currently Chairman of the Classical Association of Ireland.
Andrew Hawke Andrew Hawke, Managing Editor of the University of Wales Dictionary of the Welsh Language, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru (GPC).  He graduated from Aberystwyth in Welsh Language and Literature and pursued research towards a historical dictionary of Cornish.  He joined the GPC project in 1983 as an Assistant Editor and soon afterwards began computerizing the Dictionary, developing an automated typesetting system.  His research interests have chiefly been concerned with Cornish and computing in the humanities.  He is currently leading a project to update GPC’s software and hardware systems to the latest standards whilst editing the second edition of GPC.
Mark McConville Mark McConville. Mark is a computational linguist, who graduated with a PhD from Edinburgh University’s School of Informatics in 2006. He was Glasgow University’s Soillse research fellow from 2010 to 2015 and is now project manager on the DASG project (Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic), and is involved in the LEACAG project (
Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh (Chair), Professor of Gaelic and Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include linguistic variation in the Gaelic-speaking world (synchronic and diachronic); Gaelic dialectology and Gaelic historical linguistics, particularly the divergence between Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and the emergence of Scottish Gaelic; Gaelic lexicology; Gaelic place-names; linguistic contact between Gaelic and other languages; and early Scottish Gaelic grammars. He is Director of the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) project under whose auspices the Faclair na Gàidhlig corpus is being compiled.
Professor Boyd Robertson Professor Boyd Robertson, was Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI from 2009 until 2018.  Professor Robertson’s research interests include Gaelic in education, and the development and impact of Gaelic-medium education. He has a keen interest in corpus planning, and is actively involved in Gaelic lexicography, having co-produced the Essential Gaelic Dictionary to accompany the Teach Yourself Gaelic (2003) course. He is at work on a compilation of Gaelic idiomatic usages.