The Highlands are the region of the north and west of Scotland. The Highlands are predominantly Celtic, and the Celtic language of Gaelic once was dominant there. Highlanders lived under the "Clan" system, and while they were always poorer economically than the "lowlanders" of the south and east of Scotland, they maintained strong family traditions and pride in past glories.
Although the parliaments of England and Scotland were merged in 1707, the poets and writers of the Highlands continued to react against the perceived diminishment of Scotland. Robert Burns of Ayershire, a county in the southwestern part of Scotland, wrote in Scots or Celtic in Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect as an act of patriotism as well as to describe and commemorate the Scottish Highlands culture. Walter Scott, while more readily accepting of the union, nonetheless cherished the ballads of the border country to which his family belonged. Scott considered himself to be a celebrator of both the legendary and the heroic elements of the Scottish past both in his early Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border and in the later Waverley novels.
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|Title Annotation:||Literary Names and Terms: People and Places; Scottish Highlands|
|Author:||McCoy, Kathleen; Harlan, Judith|
|Publication:||English Literature from 1785|
|Article Type:||Reference Source|
|Date:||Jan 1, 1992|
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