Adh mor ort, a'Mhicheal! Leugh mi an aithris cuideachd.
This kind of prejudice is still rife today, so too, is
ignorance. One of my lecturers used to call it "historical amnesia"
(he was referring to Ireland in that instance) and that phrase always
sticks in my head.
The roots of such ethnic cleansing go much further back. In 1608
twelve of the most powerful Highland chiefs were kidnapped, held in
prisons in the Lowlands, and only released the following year on
condition that they sign the nine "Statutes of Iona". These statutes
were supposedly to "civilise" (ie de-Gaelicise) the Highlands...one of
the statutes required every family to send their eldest son (or
daughter, if they had no male children) to school in the Lowlands,
that they might learn to speak, read and write English - the language
of the "superior" culture. That might seem harmless enough, but look
what the eighth statute decrees: it basically *outlawed* Gaelic poets
(referred to as "vagabound") and if caught, they would be deported from
Now then, does this not sound familiar?
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