Highland Scots

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Highland Scots (Scottish Gaelic: Albannaich), also simply Highlanders or Scots, are a Gaelic ethnic group in Scotland, descended primarily from the Irish Gaels of Dál Riata and Argyll, the Norsemen of the Hebrides and to a lesser degree the Picts. The original group established an Irish colony from Ulster in the 5th century, before conquering the Picts and founding the nation of Scotland under the MacAlpin clan. Their native language is Scottish Gaelic and was widespread until the 19th century Highland Clearences, many today speak English, but there is a Gàidhealtachd area in the Highlands and living communities in Cape Breton. Through the British Empire they also moved to other places, particularly Canada, the Scottish Lowlands, England, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

History

Dál Riata to the Lordship of the Isles

The origin of the Highland people can be traced to their foundation of Dál Riata in the 5th century by Irish Gaels from Ulster. The most senior family who were their kings, were the MacAlpin clan (their descendents include the MacGregor, Mackinnon, MacDuff, MacLaren, Mackintosh and other clans). Although the Gaels were the founding element of Scotland as a nation (and the ethnonym "Scot" in a purist sense technically only refers to them), they ruled over a multi-ethnic Northern European miniature empire. From the early 11th century, the Gaelic Dunkeld dynasty came to rule over an English-speaking population who would later become the Lowland Scots people. Around this time the regal centre of power moved to the Lowlands and an internal cultural change known as the Davidian Revolution saw the elites move from a Gaelic, to a Norman based ruling culture.

The Normans wormed their way into Scottish life and by the 13th century, they had taken control of the kingdom with the Bruce, Balliol and Stewart families. The Gaels were thus reduced to the Lordship of the Isles and the most prominent element of this was the Norse-Gaelic element (what we known today as the MacDonald and MacLeod clans, amongst others). During the Wars of the Scottish Succession, the Gaels fearing the new Norman aristocracy, sometimes tried to ally with Plantagenet England to ensure their autonomy. Some Gaels on the mainland, for example the Campbell clan, tried to Uncle Tom to the Normans and abandoned their Gaelic heritage, becoming agents of Normanisation.

The Gaelic culture of the Highlanders held out, beyond the direct administrative control of Edinburgh for a long time (although their Lordship fell under Normano-Scotland's technical overlordship since the Treaty of Perth, when Norway gave up any claims). The warrior clan system was the normative way of life for the people. The Stewarts were particularly bad news for the Highlanders; James IV Stewart brought to an end the autonomy of the Hebrides in 1493 through conquest and taking the titles of John MacDonald of Islay, merging them with the crown. The MacDonalds claimed the title into the start of the 16th century, with a failed Gaelic rebellion under Donald Dubh MacDonald from 1491 to 1505.

Cultural genocide and displacement

The advent of Protestantism further confounded things, as the English-speaking Lowlands became either Episcopalian or, as the majority would turn out Calvinist-Presbytarian, the Highlanders remained in their Catholic faith and Gaelic tongue. The system of Freemasonry would also develop amongst the Lowlanders, which further emphasised their more mercantile outlook compared to the Highlanders and their traditional way of life. As an attempt to pull the rug from under the Gael's feet and sow conflict in their society, the Lowland Parliament in Edinburgh instituted the Statutes of Iona in 1609, which ordered that Highland chiefs must send their heirs to be indoctrinated in Lowland Protestant English-speaking schools. The Privy Council of Scotland, packed with Norman descended slime, followed this up with the School Establishment Act 1616 to create parish schools all over Scotland which would be Protestant and aim to "obliterate" the "barbaric" Gaelic language and their culture. It is no coincidence at the same time James VI Stewart, who then ascended to the throne of England, devised the Ulster Plantation to attack the Gaelic race in Ireland also.

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