The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland

The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland

Specifications

  • Author(s): Margaret Bennett
  • Genre(s): history; emigration studies; oral history; folklore; songs; music; traditional lore; minority language studies; Gaelic
  • Publisher: Breakwater, Newfoundland & Canongate Publishing, Eddinburgh, 1989
  • ISBN: 978-0-86241-197-1

Description

The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland.

The traditions that have come down to us of the Gaelic diaspora of the 18th and 19th century rarely mention Newfoundland. Only in a few anecdotes, attributable to sailors and other travellers, are there hints that a Gaelic community once flourished in that remote land. And since our information was confined to these tantalisingly vague and brief reports, it simply never occurred to us that Gaelic in Newfoundland might actually have survived into our own times. Margaret Bennett’s book provides the history of Scottish Gaels who emigrated from the Isle of Canna and Moidart in the nineteenth century and settled in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland.

Award Winner of the Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Folklore Prize at the Centennial celebration of the International Folklore Congress in London - For " her major contribution to the study of folklore in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales." June 1991.

NEW EDITION

Dileab Ailein: The Legacy of Allan MacArthur - Newfoundland Traditions Across Four Generations

Published by Grace Note Publications, Edinburgh
ISBN 978-0-9552326-8-8; £ 14.99; OCTOBER 2009

This book discusses the history and traditions of a community of Scottish Gaels who emigrated from the Isle of Canna and Moidart in the nineteenth century and settled in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland. Based on fieldwork recordings from 1969 to 2007, the book and double CD production celebrates four generations of the remarkable MacArthur family whose vibrant Scottish Gaelic traditions of songs and music both endured and evolved through each generation to the present day.

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