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Thread #143902   Message #3352333
Posted By: Gutcher
18-May-12 - 05:46 AM
Thread Name: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Subject: RE: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Jim--our posts today have crossed.

What you have not considered is the use of gaelic in Ayrshire. My point being that it would be noways unusual for Paterson to record an everyday activity which contained a gaelic word.

In the year of Culloden an advert for a schoolmaster for Barr in the South of Ayrshire was published. One of the main qualifications required was that the succesful candidate be a fluent gaelic speaker, from this the academic experts tell us that the majority of pupils must have been gaelic speakers and the fact that the man appointed came from North West Perthshire proved that it was not Irish gaelic that was spoken. Reference to the last of the gaelic speakers in this area takes us to the sixth decade of the 19th C. so it is not surprising that gaelic words which may be of a somewhat mangled character are used hereabouts to this day. A few examples from the country joiners shop where I served my time are:--guilum, broge, eitch and gelloch.[never having seen them in writing the spelling is mine]--translated==rebate plane, bradawl, adze and lever or cant hook, this last I only received a translation for on a visit to the gaelic college in Skye seven years ago.