Irish Pioneers in Kentucky: a series of articles published in the Gaelic American...

May 30, 2015 by

Irish Pioneers in Kentucky: a series of articles published in the Gaelic American was originally published in 1916. Here’s a fascinating tidbit I just learned from this book: “The True Discoverer of Kentucky. Not Daniel Boone, as is Generally Supposed, but an Irish Pioneer named James McBride. Testimony of Impartial Historians. Our Irish-American literary and historical associations could do no better work than turn the searchlight on the early records of Kentucky. Of all the original Thirteen Colonies, none present a wider, more prolific or more interesting field for historical research than that portion of the Colony of Virginia, originally called Fincastle County, and which, in 1779, was formed into the State of Kentucky. It may be said that the early history of Kentucky is contemporary with that of Virginia and the Carolinas. It...

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Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow Vol. 1 (1887-1891)...

May 28, 2015 by

Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow Vol. 1 (1887-1891) by the Gaelic Society of Glasgow was originally published in 1887. Incredible piece of history for those interested in 19th century Scotland, specifically Glasgow. A few of the contents to give you a better feel for the contents of this interesting book: GiUemhuiij Aotrom, by Mr. Neil Macleod Donald Macleod, the Skye — his life and songs Sketches of Kintyre, by Mr. Duncan Reid Gaelic Language, by Mr. Dugald MacFarlane The Feeling for Nature in Gaelic Poetry, by Mr. W. Jolly Some Ancient Celtic Customs, by Mr. Henry Whyte Notes on Ancient Gaelic Medicine, by Dr. A. Clerk Life in the; Highlands a hundred years ago, by Mr. J. G. Mackay Some Rare Gaelic Books Celticism — its influence on English Literature, by Mr....

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Gaelic Songs Orain Ghaidhealach...

May 28, 2015 by

Gaelic Songs,  Orain Ghaidhealach by William Ross was originally published in 1937 and is a wonderful collection of old Gaelic “songs” or poems with English translation. Here for your enjoyment: “CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE BARD AND BLAVEN The Bard composed the following song while gazing over the top of a hill in Gairloch, at Blaven, the summit of Strath MacKinnon in the Isle of Skye, the native land of his ancestors. He entreats the Ben to ” sing the story of the age that is gone.” The Ben answers him, as it were, and declares that a sad change has come upon itself since the Bard’s ancestors ceased to frequent it. I sit on a lonely height, Gazing, musing, the lay saith ” The world’s guile, life’s poor respite, All flesh — are a prey...

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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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Elementary Lessons in Gaelic with a Vocabulary and Key...

May 21, 2015 by

Elementary Lessons in Gaelic with a Vocabulary and a Key by Lachlan MacBean was originally published in 1889 and is an absolutely rare and priceless gem of a book if you are interested in the beautiful Gaelic language. Here’s a few wee examples of text from the book: “When two Vowels meet so that both cannot readily be  pronounced, the least important is omitted,and an apostrophe marks its place, as — Do’n (for do an) duine, to the man. A fundamental rule of Gaelic orthography is that Consonants be preceded and followed by Vowels of the same quality. Consonants preceded by a broad Vowel [a, or //) must not be followed by a small Vowel {e and /) or Tue Tersa. All Gaelic words are accented on the first syllable. The student should pronounce...

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A Junior Gaelic Grammar (Elementary Course of Gaelic)...

Feb 27, 2013 by

A Junior Gaelic Grammar ELEMENTARY COURSE OF GAELIC by Duncan Reid first published in 1913 is another great find for anyone interested in the beautiful Gaelic Language.  If you want to learn Gaelic, this is the textbook for you. Here is an example of the lesson on consonant pronunciation: “CONSONANT SOUNDS B, sounds almost as sharp as p in English. Bh, is like v ; sometimes the sound of hh in the middle and at the end of certain words is like u, and sometimes it is silent. Fh, is silent, except in the three words, fhein, fhuair, fhaihast, when it has the sound of h. M, is like m in English. Mh, is like v, and more nasal than bh. It is silent in the middle and end of some words, and gives...

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Elements of Gaelic Grammar in Four Parts...

Feb 27, 2013 by

ELEMENTS OF GAELIC GRAMMAR IN FOUR PARTS by Alexander Stewart was first published in 1812, then 1876, then 1886.  I’m not sure how many editions of this book were made, but if you are interested in Gaelic this is a true long long lost gift to your bookcase. A few lines to give you a wee feel: “The Infinitive is variously formed. General Rule. The Infinitive is formed by adding adh to the Root ; as, aom how, incline, Infin. aomadh ; ith eat, Infin. itheadh. 1. Some Verbs suffer a syncope in the penult syllable, and are commonly used in their contracted form ; as, Imxjer. Infin. Caomhain, sjpare., Caomhnadh. Coisin, icin, Coisneadh, Cosnadh. Diobair, deprive, Diobradh. Fògair, remove, Pògradh. Foghain, suffice, Foghnadb. Posgail, open, Fosgladh. Innis, tell, Innseadh. lobair, sacrifice, lobradh, Mosgail,...

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