Prizes and literary awards

Margaret Bennett’s books and articles give voice to ordinary people whose lives reflect Scottish tradition at home and abroad. She weaves many voices of tradition through her extensive research, thus validating the authenticity of genuine tradition. Furthermore, she attempts to explain certain changes, trends and modifications across the centuries and generations.


Scottish Customs


Second runner-up for the Katherine Briggs Prize for Folklore, 1993

Book Nominated- Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave Published by Birlinn, Scotland.



Clio Award - Quebec Quebec of the Canadian Historical Association/Société historique du Canada, 1999.

Winner of the Clio awards for Quebec of the Canadian Historical Association/Société historique du Canada, 1999.

Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec.
Published by John Donald, Edinburgh and McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal.


The Last Stronghold

Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Folklore Prize

Winner of the Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Folklore Prize at the Centennial celebration of the International Folklore Congress in London - For " her major contribution to the study of folklore in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales." June l991.

The Last Stronghold: Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland
Published by Breakwater, Newfoundland & Canongate Publishing, Eddinburgh, 1989


Winner of the College of Cape Breton award - Prof. Donald Fergusson Essay Prize 'for a topic relating to the study of Gaelic traditions': for her Essay - "Gaelic Song in Eastern Canada: Twentieth Century Reflections" 1995.

Other Awards

TMSA Meeting

Honorary membership of the TMSA

Dr Margaret Bennett, formerly member of the School of Scottish Studies University of Edinburgh and popular singer was conferred an honorary membership of the TMSA for promoting traditional song

TMSA's National Conference on Traditional Music at the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh on the 31st of March, 2007.

Celtic Women International Award

Awarded in 2003 - Exceptional Celtic Woman Award for "Lifelong Service to Scottish and Celtic Culture" at the annual conference of Celtic Women International held in Toronto Oct. 3-5.

Master Music Maker Award

Master Music Maker Award

Awarded in 1998 - 'Master Music Maker Award' in celebration of a lifetime of musicianship and teaching, Warren Wilson College - Swannanoa Gathering - North Carolina.

Lifetime Honorary Member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Awarded in January 1994 "for notable service...rendered to the People of Scotland".

Lifetime Honorary member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society




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