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Highland Fling

Rosalind Mitchison

18 June 1981
Clans and Chiefs 
by Ian Grimble.
Blond and Briggs, 267 pp., £10.95, December 1980, 0 85634 111 8
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... public is entirely respectable. But what we have here is neither careful nor spirited. That Dr Grimble has read, unevenly, but in places deeply, if without system or critical faculty, is shown by confused echoes of other people’s research. It is implied that he feels deeply about the wrongs experienced by Highland society over the centuries, but the ...

Speaking in Tongues

Robert Crawford

8 February 1996
The Poetry of Scotland: Gaelic, Scots and English 1380-1980 
edited and introduced by Roderick Watson.
Edinburgh, 752 pp., £19.95, May 1995, 0 7486 0607 6
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... of cross-linguistic connections lends Watson’s anthology its revelatory potential. Ossianic translatorese, the Burns who modulates in and out of Scots, Scots-English and English, synthesising dialects, and the arch-synthesiser MacDiarmid – all seem so much more at home in a book which reveals them to be part of a long, distinguished tradition of ...

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