Gaelic in Medieval Scotland: Advent and Expansion

Thomas Owen Clancy

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Gaelic in Medieval Scotland: Advent and Expansion

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on Gaelic advent and expansion in medieval Scotland given at the British Academy's 2009 Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lecture. This text reviews the evidence for Gaelic's arrival and expansion in the various different regions of Scotland in the Middle Ages and evaluates the different ways in which toponymic data can usefully be interpreted to inform our notion of the process of expansion. It argues that, contrary of received views, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries remained periods of expansion for the Gaelic language.

Keywords: Gaelic arrival; Gaelic expansion; medieval Scotland; toponymic data; Gaelic language

Chapter.  18369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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