- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (August 18, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0748610715
- ISBN-13: 978-0748610716
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,294,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Identity of the Scottish Nation: An Historic Quest Paperback – August 18, 1998
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Few would have the knowledge or the confidence to tackle the entire scope of this topic but William Ferguson is well endowed on both counts . . . The crowning achievement of a distinguished career. -- Edward J. Cowan University of Glasgow
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William Ferguson is an honorary fellow in Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh.
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The languages spoken in Scotland in the Middle Ages including Pictish, Norse, English, Welsh and Gaelic. Pictish dominated the north and Welsh in the south with large numbers of Gaels in Galloway and Argyll.
In the tenth-eleventh centuries Gaelic was the dominant language of Scotland. During this time the Kingdom of Scots acquired Lothian, which had been part of the Kingdom of Northumbria established by the Angles. The Angles introduced Scots English to Scotland. Edinburgh, in Lothian, did not become the Scottish capital until the fifteenth century.
The Scots (Gaelic speaking) in the north and the Angles in the south of Scotland presented a united front to Edward I during the Scottish Wars of Independence. The Gaelic myth of creation was used many times as a unifying element to oppose union with England, proposed by many Scots such as John Major (1470 - 1550)
This book explains the loss of power and prestige of the Gaels and the growth of Scots English, the language brought to Scotland by the Angles.The contributions of Hector Boece, George Buchanan, Robert Burns and many others are considered. The stereotypes of Goth (English speaker) versus Gael are explored as well as the influence of the Ossianic Controversy on nationalism.