Grímur Thorkelin legacy in Gaelic studies
The Icelandic-Danish scholar Grímur Thorkelin (1752-1829), whose native language was Icelandic, played an instrumental role in Gaelic literature and culture in 18th century Europe. Thorkelin focused on Ireland, the Isle of Man and Gaelic-speaking Scotland, assembling a considerable collection of manuscripts from both the Middle Ages and early modern period, which remains important for understanding Gaelic history in Britain and Ireland. The EU-funded Thorkelin project aims to record and catalogue the collection. The project will also study the role of Thorkelin as an international collector and the influence he exercised on ethnic and cultural identity perception in the 18th century.