Book Launch

Posted: Thursday 1 May 2014


On the morning of Wednesday 30th April, Robert Gordon's College welcomed Dr Ian Olson, a former pupil of the school during the years of 1951-1956, to celebrate the launch of the Ballad and the Folklorist.

Dr Olson was instrumental in encouraging the publication of The Ballad and the Folklorist which carries the collected papers of his school contemporary, Professor David Buchan who attended Robert Gordon's College during the year of 1950-1956. The book offers its readers a lifetime's insight into the ballad and folk narrative of the North-east of Scotland and additional aspects of the local culture.

140430 Dr Olson Book Launch  3Dr Olson, personally presented a copy of David Buchan’s book to the College library - pictured on the right Dr Olson presenting the book to Mrs E Brazendale, Head Librarian.



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As a distinguished clinician, a founder of the Medical Schools of the University of Nottingham in 1969 and the University of Kuwait in 1974, Dr Olson represents a long line of innovative medical leaders from Robert Gordon’s College. In addition, he is an established expert in Scottish traditional culture, especially music and song

Hugh Ouston, Head of College, said: “David Buchan’s research and understanding of the traditions of North-East Scotland was unrivalled and the new collection is a welcome addition to the library at his old school.”

Read the short background to Professor David Buchan's Papers.

Read the press release here.

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