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An Litir Bheag (The Little Letter) An Litir Bheag

Ruairidh MacIlleathain Sreath de litrichean a bheir taic do luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig. Bidh iad seo cuideachail do luchd-ionnsachaidh a tha seachad air ìre-tòiseachaidh agus a tha ag iarraidh barrachd Gàidhlig a leughadh. Tha faidhle fuaim, teacsa agus eadar-theangachadh an cois gach litir. Sna tràth-litrichean, tha puingean cànain is abairtean a’ gabhail àite eadar-theangachadh slàn. A series of letters that offer support to Gaelic learners. These will be helpful to learners who are beyond a beginners’ level and want to read more. Audio, text and translation accompany each letter. In the early letters, language points and phrases are provided instead of a full translation.

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Adhamh MacFhearghais (Litir Bheag 585) Adam Ferguson (Litir Bheag 585)

Adhamh MacFhearghais Adam Ferguson

I finished the Litir last week with the proverb ‘it doesn’t harm to tell a good story twice’. The proverb is just as suitable this week because I’m returning to speaking about a man of whom I gave an account in Litrichean 200 and 201. That’s the big Litir, rather than the Litir Bheag. He was the philosopher and historian, Adam Ferguson. He was part of the Scottish Enlightenment. He is recognised as ‘The Father of Sociology’.

Ferguson was born in 1723 in Logierait in Perthshire. He was a native speaker of Gaelic. He went to St Andrews University. He was the librarian for the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. He was a private teacher to sons of gentry. And he was the Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University.

Why I am speaking about Adam Ferguson today? Well, he died in 1816, two hundred years ago.

Ferguson was famous. He was a friend of David Hume and Adam Smith. He knew Voltaire. he wrote the seciton on ‘History’ in the second edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica. And it was in his house that Walter Scott and Robert Burns met each other.

Among the things he wrote was an essay ‘An Essay on the History of Civil Society’. It’s easy to find on the internet.

Ferguson was a Christian and a Presbyterian. He believed in the advancement of humanity to perfection – driven by personal self-interest. But he was of the opinion – since God gave Man free will – that there will be times when human society goes backwards. The collapse of the Roman Empire was an example of that. I wish Adam Ferguson were still alive and able to express his opinions on Radio nan Gàidheal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Ferguson (Litir Bheag 585)

Adhamh MacFhearghais

I finished the Litir last week with the proverb ‘it doesn’t harm to tell a good story twice’. The proverb is just as suitable this week because I’m returning to speaking about a man of whom I gave an account in Litrichean 200 and 201. That’s the big Litir, rather than the Litir Bheag. He was the philosopher and historian, Adam Ferguson. He was part of the Scottish Enlightenment. He is recognised as ‘The Father of Sociology’.

Ferguson was born in 1723 in Logierait in Perthshire. He was a native speaker of Gaelic. He went to St Andrews University. He was the librarian for the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. He was a private teacher to sons of gentry. And he was the Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University.

Why I am speaking about Adam Ferguson today? Well, he died in 1816, two hundred years ago.

Ferguson was famous. He was a friend of David Hume and Adam Smith. He knew Voltaire. he wrote the seciton on ‘History’ in the second edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica. And it was in his house that Walter Scott and Robert Burns met each other.

Among the things he wrote was an essay ‘An Essay on the History of Civil Society’. It’s easy to find on the internet.

Ferguson was a Christian and a Presbyterian. He believed in the advancement of humanity to perfection – driven by personal self-interest. But he was of the opinion – since God gave Man free will – that there will be times when human society goes backwards. The collapse of the Roman Empire was an example of that. I wish Adam Ferguson were still alive and able to express his opinions on Radio nan Gàidheal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh

This letter corresponds to Tha an Litir seo a’ buntainn ri Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 889

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