History of Galwegian Gaelic

January 25th, 2021

Over the past week I’ve been working on how the Galwegian language functions. It’s like vikings had babies with British girls and then waged a war against France. Oh, wait that happened. It’s a language of genetics and it is fascinating. It follows the grammatical rules of how the language should have been developed over time matching historical references.  

(* dates below where found online https://medievalscotland.org/scotbiblio/languages.shtml

DateLanguageWhere Spoken and by Whom
Early 7th century -1100Old EnglishSouth-eastern Scotland, and to a lesser extent along the Solway.
1100-1700Older ScotsOlder Scots is further divided into Early Scots and Middle Scots.


Pre-literary Scots
Spreading “beyond the south-east, first to other parts of southern Scotland, then in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries to eastern Scotland north of the Forth.” Scots was also the language of the burghs (towns), which began to be founded in the 12th century.”By the fourteenth century … [Scots] had become the dominant spoken tongue of all ranks of Scots east and south of the Highland Line, except in Galloway“. It also had become the language of the royal court. “From about this time, too, the same … tongue was beginning to be used in Caithness, Orkney, and Shetland”.


Early Scots(In this period, Scots-speakers themselves refer to their language as Inglis.)

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