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Ceilidh in London, Kilts in London, Scottish Highland Dancing London -

If you are looking for a good old Scottish shindig in London. You can check out the events listings for the These are often run at Londons Cecil Sharp House But can take place at different venues. So if your looking for one of the best nights out in London, head to a Scottish ceilidh! What to expect at a Scottish Ceilidh Dancing at Cèilidhs is usually in the form of Cèilidh dances, set dances or couple dances. A "Set" consists of four to eight couples, with each pair of couples facing another in a square or rectangular formation. Each couple exchanges...

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Gaelic was brought to Scotland, probably in the 4th–5th centuries CE, by settlers from Ireland who founded the Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata on Scotland's west coast in present-day Argyll.[12][13] Gaelic in Scotland was mostly confined to Dál Riata until the 8th century, when it began expanding into Pictish areas north of the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. By 900, Pictish appears to have become extinct, completely replaced by Gaelic.[14] An exception might be made for the Northern Isles, however, where Pictish was more likely supplanted by Norse rather than by Gaelic.[15]

In southern Scotland, place name analysis suggests dense usage of Gaelic in Galloway and adjoining areas to the north and west, as well as in West Lothian and parts of western Midlothian. Less dense usage is suggested for north Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, the Clyde Valleyand eastern Dumfriesshire. In south-eastern Scotland, there is no evidence that Gaelic was ever widely spoken: the area shifted from Cumbric to Old English during its long incorporation into the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria.

In 1018 after the conquest of the Lothians by the Kingdom of Scotland, Gaelic reached its social, cultural, political, and geographic zenith in Scotland. Elites spoke Gaelic although some commoners in the Lothians retained Old English.[3] Colloquial speech in Scotland had been developing independently of that in Ireland at least as early as its crossing the Druim Albaninto Pictland.[16] In Latin, the entire country was for the first time called Scotia, and Gaelic was the lingua Scotia.[17][18]






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