On Mon, 13 Apr 1998, Guthlaf wrote:
> Weren´t the Lower classes -both in Scotland & Ireland- those who were
> descendant of the truly native people of the Islands -Celts in part,
> Pictish, Scots (Is that the English for latin SCOTI, Spanish Escotos?)
> and Brittanic-?
That's true in Scotland but not in Ireland. In Scotland there was
also a strong Anglo-Saxon element as far north as Edinburgh.
> I know that the Norman mixed their blood with Celts ,
> Brittanic, Pictish and Scots, but I thought that the rural people, those
> who were poor, as always, remained tied to their original traditions,
> these including their language. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
It varied by area. The pattern of Gaelic settlement from Ireland was
heaviest on the west coast and islands of Scotland, sparser inland and
nonexistent in the east, so Gaelic-speaking communities probably never
existed in places like Edinburgh or Aberdeen (except those formed later
on by economic migrants). Among the Gaelic-speaking people Irish
"Celtic" descent is most common (if names are anything to go by) but the
Norse element is also very strong, especially in the Western Isles.