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The Ethnology of the British Islands

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Published: 1853
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,385 / 193 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.2
LoC Category: HT
Downloads: 580
Added to site: 2010.01.12
mnybks.net#: 26287
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction, Science
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terms whose meaning is to be found in the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic. Sutherland shews its political relations by its name. It is the Southern Land; an impossible name if the county be considered English (for it lies in the very north of the island), but a natural name if we refer it to Norway, of which Sutherland was, at one time, a southern dependency, or (if not a dependency), a robbing-ground. Orkney and Shetland were once as thoroughly Norse as the Faroe Isles or Iceland.

The third variety of the present British population is in the Isle of Man, where a language sufficiently like the Gaelic of Ireland and Scotland to be placed in the same division, is still spoken. Yet the blood is mixed. The Norsemen preponderated in Man; and the constitution of the island is in many parts Scandinavian, though the language be Keltic.

In Wales the language and population are still Keltic, though sufficiently different from the Scotch, Irish, and Manx, to be consider

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