Gaelic Mythology

May 28, 2015 by

Gaelic Mythology by Hector MacLean was originally published in 1879. Awesome amazing book filled with information I have not been able to find in other places. Long lost and unavailable I’m so happy to have found this treasure. a few paragraphs from the intro for you: “The belief in the animation of inorganic nature still lingers in several parts of the Highlands, as well as the belief in fairies, ghosts, metamorphoses, and sorcery. Every hill, knoll, valley, dell, wood, river, lake, brook, well, bay, or rock seems to have had its spirit ; and sea, sky, winds, and clouds were imagined to be endued with a certain amount of consciousness, at a period not very remote from our own day in this part of Great Britain. In Campbell’s “Popular Tales of the West Highlands,”...

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Scottish Gaelic as a Specific Subject...

May 28, 2015 by

Scottish Gaelic as a Specific Subject by Comunn Gaidhealach was originally published by Archibald Sinclair in 1893. Here is the PREFACE from the book for more information about its contents: “This Grammar is designed principally for the teaching of the Scottish Gaelic Language as a specific subject under the Education Code for Scotland ; but it is meant also for other uses. Although there are at present several Gaelic Grammars in print, it is complained that none of them is suitable for the teaching of classes. The Highland Association has therefore undertaken to prepare and publish a new one, of which this is the first part. In the manner of treatment, the Compilers have gone off the beaten track, judging it best to exhibit the structure of the language in a way suited to...

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The Gaelic Reader with Notes and Vocabulary...

May 25, 2015 by

The Gaelic Reader with Notes and Vocabulary by Malcolm MacLennan was originally published in 1913. PREFACE “It is a pleasing privilege to respond to the request for a second edition of this little Reader. One is glad to have this evidence that it has served, within its measure, a useful purpose in the study of modern Gaelic. As was indicated in the Preface, it was meant to serve as an introduction to the more advanced and more difficult pages of modern Gaelic literature. We think that for that purpose there can be no better lead than a course of such tales as are arranged in this Reader. The style is genuine native dress. The idiom is simple and pure, such as adds grace to style and charm to conversation. Conversation in Gaelic, during the...

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The Gaelic Class Book

May 25, 2015 by

The Gaelic Class Book by H. Cameron Gillies M.D. was originally published in 1896! Here are a few press releases for the book from 1896: Highland News. — ‘To say that Dr. Gillies’ Grammar is the best hitherto published of the Gaelic language would not possibly be accepted as anything highly flattering. Nevertheless, we must say that it is the best, far and away the best, grammar of the language yet published.’ Glasgow Herald. — ‘ We can heartily recommend this book.’ Northern Chronicle. — ‘Should be studied by all who wish to gain an insight into the archaic construction of the Gaelic language.’ Scotsman. — ‘ Is well based in a study of the historical development of the language and the results of modern comparative philology.’ Freemarìs Journal. — Dr. Gillies’ work is...

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The Argyleshire Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary : to which is prefixed a concise but most comprehensive Gaelic Grammar...

May 24, 2015 by

The Argyleshire Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary: to which is prefixed a concise but most comprehensive Gaelic Grammar by Neil M’Alpine (MacAlpine) was originally published in 1866. “PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR,  AND SOLD BY ALL THE BOOKSELLERS IN THE KINGDOM, AND ON THE CONTINENT; ALSO BY ALL THE SCHOOLMASTERS IN THE HIGHLANDS. ” This is an amazing find and a must have for lovers of the Gaelic language.Here is a tiny bit from the book to give you a feel for it: “Verb is a word signifying to be, to do, or to suffer. In Gaelic there are two conjugations, the first comprehending all the verbs beginning with consonants except f ; the se-ond all beginning with f, or a vowel. 2. There are two voices, active and passive. 3. There are in Gaelic only, in...

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MacLaren’s Gaelic Self-Taught...

May 23, 2015 by

MacLaren’s Gaelic Self-Taught by Alex MacLaren  third edition was originally published in 1923. A few wee words from Mr. MacLaren’s Preface: “It was my original intention merely to correct and revise Mr. James White MacLean’s”Introduction to Gaelic,” but as the revision progressed I found that I was practically re-writing the whole work so that the portion of it I was leaving intact had also to be re-written, regradedand arranged to suit the revised matter. The volume  present to the student is therefore an entirely new work. I have endeavaoured to keep the phonetic sounds as simple as possible ; some of the finer ones may have been omitted, but these may be left to be acquired as the student progresses.I have considered it inadvisable to follow the pronunciation of any one district. Varying dialects...

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