Scotland’s languages: Gaelic, Scots and English

Brown, William Beattie, 1831-1909; Coire-na-Faireamh, in Applecross Deer Forest, Ross-shire
Photo credit: Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture


Re-posted from The Statistical Accounts of Scotland (1791-1845):

This is the second post on Scotland’s languages. This time we look more closely at the languages spoken throughout the parishes. As can be gleaned in the last blog post, at one point the majority of Scots spoke Gaelic/Erse. During the time of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland Gaelic was still the language of the majority, but there were also areas of Scotch or Scots speakers, with English beginning to make strong inroads…

Source: Scotland’s languages: Gaelic, Scots and English


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