Good article by Patrick Witt on the Irish Story examining the late 19th and early 20th Scottish Gaelic Republican writer Ruairaidh Arascain (Ruairidh Erskine) and his links with the Irish Revolution:
“This essay aims to shed light on a thread of Scottish nationalism that found inspiration in the Irish Gaelic revival and, later, in the Irish Revolution. The primary subject of this study, Ruairaidh Erskine, did not convert a significant amount of Scots to his irregular orthodoxy. He did, however, form an impressive network of Scottish nationalists. Erskine represents a nexus between Irish separatists and Scottish politicians, labour leaders, and intellectuals. The purpose of this essay is to illuminate an under appreciated connection between Irish separatist thinking and Scottish political thought in the early twentieth century.
In Erskine’s journal, Guth na Bliadhna, (The Voice of the Years) subscribers read essays that communicated themes similar to agrarian activist John Murdoch’s newspaper Highlander, of 1870s and ’80s, namely, the glorification of Highland peasant culture. Yet Erskine also composed grander plans. For example, in 1906 he provocatively suggested the formation of an Irish-Scottish “Gaelic Confederation.””
The website of the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement (SRSM) carries a longer piece on the great man. And here is a link to some of his writing and the radical publication Guth na Bliadhna hosted by the Scottish language university Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
- Belfast’s Gaelic Revival Seeks to Bridge the Divide (theatlantic.com)
- Balmoral website blind to Scottish Gaelic (scotsman.com)
- Scottish Nationalist Podcast With Michael Greenwell And The Rev Stu (ansionnachfionn.com)