I NOTE that even more signs in Gaelic are to appear on our roads to "promote cultural identity" ("Gaelic for all major roads", The Herald, June 25).
My ancestry has been traced back some 300 years. As far as I can determine every person noted was a Lowland Scot, and I do not believe any spoke Gaelic. I am neither proud nor ashamed of this.
I wonder if Robert the Bruce spoke Gaelic; I am fairly sure Burns did not (the last Gaelic speaker in Ayrshire died during his lifetime). A census of about 100 years ago showed that only 5% of the population could speak Gaelic, while a mere 0.5% could speak only Gaelic.
I have no quarrel with those who wish to maintain Gaelic culture, but it has no part in my cultural identity, and I do not want it promoted as being some part of my heritage with the implication that without it I am somehow an inferior Scot.
Billy Connolly has, in his time, done much to foster the humorous side of Glasgow culture. As a native Glaswegian I approve of this, but if I want to promote his work, I buy tickets to his performances.
Why then should I approve of public monies, to which I contribute, being spent on promoting a culture foreign to me, one with which I have no identity?
W. Gordon Watson,
Bruach Ard, North Connel, Argyll.
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