Highland Loyalists in the American Revolutionary War

The Wandering Scots Book Club on FaceBook (an educational project of the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations) is starting a discussion about the history of Scots in the American Revolutionary War, I thought that it might be useful to add some further resources to the discussion. Although I have already provided several important Gaelic texts about…

Whose land is it anyway?

Originally posted on The Failed Gael:
An earlier version of this article was published in the Oxford Left Review in Hilary 2014 under the headline Whose Land is it Anyway? — Radical Land Reform in Gaelic Scotland. The magazine ended up themed around Intersectionality so I’m still pretty bewildered they chose to publish my 2500 word…

Gaelic Baby Talk – 1

Our home is one of the very few in the US in which Scottish Gaelic is being spoken to a child. Having learnt this wonderful language in Scotland as an adult, and expanded my vocabulary somewhat while living in Nova Scotia, teaching it to a child and using it in informal, daily settings is a…

The Highland Clearances in the Long View of History

Gaeldom was one of the great civilizations of Europe and encompassed Ireland and much of Scotland during the early medieval period. Although confined to the western isles and Highlands within Scotland by the later medieval period, this was a culture that enjoyed many cultural and intellectual accomplishments, having its own native professional classes (doctors, lawyers,…

Should the Gaelic College Flush the Royal?

The Gaelic College, situated in Cape Breton, experienced another big debate in December 2013 when a member of the board – Alexander Morrison, then the chairman of the board of governors of the College and retired military officer – took it upon himself to seek the Queen’s endorsement of the College (see the article, for example,…