Gaelic - it's in the blood!
The Gaelic language was once spoken across much of Scotland - Alba. Shakespeare's MacBeth would have plotted murder in Gaelic and Robert the Bruce would have rallied the Gaelic-speaking clans to his banner through his mother's native tongue.
The history of Gaelic and its speakers, the Gaels, since their arrival from Ireland before the 6th Century, is one of rapid increase and success followed by gradual decrease and decline.
Gaelic began to lose ground in the early Middle Ages as the Scots language took hold in South-East Scotland but the Scots language was, at one time, so rare in places like Glasgow that, for instance, Scotstoun in Glasgow is so called because they spoke Scots in that area.
After the Jacobite rebellion steps were taken to eradicate Gaelic in an attempt to crush the rebellious clans and the use of Gaelic was harshly discouraged and this got so engrained in the educational system that until very recently children were disciplined for speaking Gaelic in school.
Gaelic books, including Bibles, were destroyed and the scarcity of Bibles has led to the present day tradition of a "precentor" singing Psalms line by line and the congregation repeating his words.
Remarkably, after years of neglect and repression Gaelic is still spoken by around 65,000 people in Scotland. It is strongest in the Western Isles but there are substantial Gaelic communities elsewhere and in the nation's cities. There remains a strong and increasing Gaelic awareness in Canada and New Zealand in particular.
Gaelic is currently enjoying a revival in its fortunes with more interests being shown in the language and this is illustrated by the fact that Gaelic Medium schools and Gaelic play-groups are over-subscribed. The advent of a Gaelic TV channel, although attracting criticism in some quarters, can only help to bring more attention to the language.
At the same time there has been a healthy and growing interest in Gaelic music and arts and events like Celtic Connections and Trans-Atlantic Sessions help to bring the language to a larger audience.
Gaelic has been spoken in Scotland for more than sixty generations and the current generations of Gaels are united in their resolve that Gaelic remains a vital and vibrant language.
The heading to this postings means you have Gaelic within your soul and in your blood - look for it and you will find it!