Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson (1 November 1909 – 20 February 1991) was an English linguist and a translator who specialised in the Brythonic languages. Events 996 - Emperor Otto III issues a deed to Gottschalk Bishop of Freising which is the oldest known document using the name Ostarrîchi Year 1909 ( MCMIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Events 1472 - Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a Dowry payment Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Linguistics is the scientific study of Language, encompassing a number of sub-fields The Brythonic languages (or Brittonic languages or British languages) form one of the two branches of the Insular Celtic language family the other being He demonstrated how the text of the Ulster Cycle of tales, written down around 1100, preserves an oral tradition of some six centuries earlier and reflects Celtic Irish society of the third and fourth century AD. Texts in translation Most of the important Ulster Cycle tales can be found in the following publications Thomas Kinsella, The Táin, Oxford University His Celtic Miscellany is a popular standard.
He married Janet Dall Galloway on 12 August 1936. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon - Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid Year 1936 ( MCMXXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Their two children Alaster and Stephenie were born in the USA but brought up in Scotland. In retirement, Jackson continued his work on place-names and Gaelic languages. However he suffered a stroke in 1984 that restricted his work.
An obituary was published the The Times on 8 March 1991 and in Nomina 15. Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar.
Born at Beddington, Surrey, Jackson's early education was at Hillcrest School, Wallington (1916-19) and then at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon from 1920-1928. He won an open scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge in 1928. He studied under Hector and Nora Chadwick, becoming fluent in 6 Celtic languages. At Cambridge he read Classics and then studied the early cultures of the British Isles. He was then awarded a travelling scholarship during which he undertook study and fieldwork in Wales and Ireland. In the 1950s he spent his vacations recording dialects for the Linguistic Survey of Scotland.
Jackson returned to Cambridge in 1934 as a lecturer in Celtic. In 1939 he went to Harvard, USA and was appointed an associate professor in 1940, being the first chair of the Department of Celtic Language and Literature. He undertook war service with the Uncommon Languages section of British censorship (where he said he learnt Japanese in three weeks). Afterwards he went back to Harvard, and became a full professor in 1948. He accepted the chair of Celtic Languages, History and Antiquities at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1950-1979). He was a fellow of the British Academy, being elected in 1957.
While at Edinburgh Jackson published articles and books on the ancient Celts, and the dark ages and middle ages, on all six modern Celtic languages, on folklore, placenames and dialects. A bibliography of his publications appears in Studia Celtica 14/14, pp 5-11 (1979-80). A selection of his publications is given below :-
Jackson was a Fellow of the British Academy (elected 1957) and a Commissioner for the ancient and historical monuments of Scotland. He held honorary degrees from universities in England, Wales, Ireland and Brittany. He was awarded a CBE in 1985 for his work on Celtic studies. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Modern Language Association. The Modern Language Association of America (usually referred to as simply Modern Language Association or MLA) is the principal Professional association He was also awarded the FPA. He was a member of the Council of the English Placename Society for over forty years, being both Vice-President and then President.
He gave the John Rhys Lecture at the British Academy in 1953 on "Common Gaelic", and the 1964 Rede Lecture on "The Oldest Irish Tradition".
|NAME||Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||British linguist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1909|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Croydon, England|
|DATE OF DEATH||1991|
|PLACE OF DEATH|