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Anne Lorne Gillies


1944 -

Singer and political activist. Born in Stirling, the grand-daughter of founder of the Scots National League, William Gillies (1865 - 1932), Gillies was raised on a croft in Argyll. She was educated at Oban High School and the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Glasgow. A successful singer, she won a Gold Medal at the Mod when she was 17 and went on to perform on radio and television, as well as making a number of recordings. A qualified teacher and supporter of the Gaelic language, she became National Education Officer of the Scottish Gaelic language development agency in 1988. Gillies is also a prominent member of the Scottish National Party, serving on their National Executive Committee. She put herself forward as a candidate for the Western Isles in Westminster Election (1997) and European Parliament Election (1999).

Gillies was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and now lives in Ayrshire.


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