View Full Version : A Perthshire Gaelic dialect survives!

03-03-2019, 04:43 AM

The article was sent to me in Gaelic, and thankfully my friend who sent this to me supplied me with a translation:

"It was expected to be extinct as an indigenous language in the 1970s.
But amazingly, the dialect seems to have survived today - by a woman aged 102 of Strath Tealil. (I think this is Strath Tummel)
Two researchers have met the woman, who does not want to be recognized, and she has now started recording."

03-04-2019, 07:02 PM
Wonderful that this person still speaks it. And is happy to be recorded.
But the news alone suggests that this is a very temporary situation.

Like being announced as the world's oldest person.

03-05-2019, 03:10 AM
Yes, but at least we'll get a better idea about it and hopefully the dialects of the Scottish mainland as a whole. Perhaps it also indicates that Gaelic in Perthshire held on for longer than we thought?

10-11-2021, 09:59 AM
My family line (Sharp) is said to come from Perthshire (where the surname Sharp is most frequent). But I don't match any other Sharps, and have a pretty Scottish HG (L193). I started to discover however that there are loads of people called Mac Gille Ciar in the title Perthshire villages - a name which has been translated to Sharp elsewhere. The old Gaelic names started slowly dying out in the 1600's as Perthshire started becoming more anglicised. But I guess the process took a while :)

12-06-2021, 04:33 PM
I read somewhere the "Mainland" Gaelic (sic!) of Highlands lacked the aspirations of the Isles Gaelic (-t > -ht //- -p > -hp // -k > -Xk (and I suppose maybe lacked the unvoicings of the internal -d // -b // -g, all these al evoking for me some Viking influences...). It would be of some value to have clues about the Perth Gaelic dialect?