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Civil Society and the Celts: Hector Boece, George Buchanan and the Ancient Scottish Past

Roger A. Mason

in Scottish History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780748614196
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.003.0005
Civil Society and the Celts: Hector Boece, George Buchanan and the Ancient Scottish Past

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This chapter explores certain aspects of Lowland attitudes to the Highlands, and more particularly the language, culture, and history of the Gaels, as these developed in the sixteenth century. From the suppression of the Lordship of the Isles in 1493 through to the Statutes of Iona in 1609, one can trace increasing hostility and contempt among Scots-speaking Lowlanders for the manners and mores of their Gaelic-speaking compatriots — a hostility and contempt that by the close of the sixteenth century was commonly articulated in polarised terms as the difference between Lowland ‘civility’ and Highland ‘barbarism’.

Keywords: Lowland attitudes; Highlands; Gaels; hostility; civility; barbarism

Chapter.  11832 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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