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Queen creates Scots dispute

A bitter dispute has re-opened centuries old wounds, pitting some Nova Scotians of Scottish ancestry against each other.

The chairman of the Canadian province's newly renamed Royal Gaelic College stepped down because of a backlash against the school gaining its royal prefix from the Queen, according to local media reports.

The Cape Breton college was founded in 1938 by a Presbyterian minister from Skye. It claims to be the most important school of Gaelic language and culture in North America and the change was to have marked its 75th anniversary. Alex Morrison, who has resigned, had announced that the Queen had allowed it to be called Colaisde Rioghail na Gàidhlig - The Royal Gaelic College.

The office of Allan MacMaster, the Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia for the Inverness constituency, said he had received scores of e-mails, calls and letters complaining about the college's new name. The opposition stems from claims Britain once suppressed Scottish Gaelic culture, pushing many Scots to emigrate to lands including Canada.

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