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Divided GaelsGaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland 1200-1650$
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Wilson McLeod

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247226.001.0001

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(p.220) Conclusion
Divided Gaels

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. This study has assessed the nature of the relationship between Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland during the late medieval period, and especially in the ways in which that relationship was perceived and understood by Scottish and Irish Gaeldom. Due to limitations of the sources, a cloudy picture emerges, and at times the evidence is contradictory if not paradoxical. The accepted framework of the Gaelic ‘culture-province’ seems distinctly unsatisfying in many respects. The cultural connections between the two parts of the Gaelic world are extremely significant, and worked to tie Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland closely together. However, the idea of ‘Gaeldom’ as some seamless web does not survive analysis, for the evidence across the range of cultural activity suggests that Ireland was systematically dominant, and that Gaelic Scotland looked to Ireland much more than vice versa.

Keywords:   Gaelic Scotland, Gaelic Ireland, English control, cultural links, political links

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