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Thread #142469 Message #3291646
Posted By: GUEST,Allan Conn
16-Jan-12 - 06:21 PM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
"lowlanders are not gaels. lowlanders are part of anglo saxon culture. gaels are not. neither of ewans parants nor any of his ancestors spoke gaelic nor weere part of gaelic culture"
This is complete nonsense though. The so called Highland Line (ie in the cultural sense) was an artificial boundary based on one point of time where Gaelic culture predominated north and west of it and not to the south and east of it. So arguably Auchterarder would be on the Lowland part of the so called peripheries when the term was coined but so what. Most Lowlanders will have some Highland ancestry. Have you seen the number of MacDonalds, Campbells etc in even the Borders phone book! And beside that at one time Gaelic was also spoken reasonably widely throughout most of the Lowlands. How on earth could you possibly know that none of his ancestors spoke Gaelic? It is an absurd statement which is pretty unlikely to be true. People can be proud of all aspects of their Scottish heritage. Why have you such a problem with that?