Dugald MacPhee

Gaelic Language

Dugald MacPhee was born and brought up by Gaelic speaking parents for his first eight years on the Isle of Barra Scotland. The family then relocated to the lowland city of Paisley where he entered an English speaking primary school. The first few years at that school were difficult times for Dugald and his brothers, as neither could speak any English. As time passed he adapted to the lowland language but kept close contact with cousins and other fellow Gaelic speaking islanders who had also moved to the mainland.  He attended Technical College and completed an apprenticeship in Engineering with the aero engine division of Rolls Royce Ltd. In 1974 Dugald immigrated to Canada settling firstly in Halifax where he soon became acquainted with Gaelic speaking Cape Bretoners. Dugald and his family lived in mainland Nova Scotia but spent many vacations in Mabou and the area attending ceilidhs, house parties, and visiting with the many fluent Gaelic speakers at the time. After retiring he moved to Mabou where he is now a permanent resident and is involved and contributing to the Gaelic culture of the area.
Spring Gaelic Weekend