Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Volume 2

Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...their appearance on the coast, fled to their fastnesses in the hills. There is no sufficient proof that the inhabitants of Buchan, at any period, had such intercourse with the Danes or Norwegians as to make any impression on their language. To make an assertion of this kind, is to cut the Gordian knot, instead of loosing it. But this mode of reasoning was necessary, in order to support a theory which has no foundation; because the dialect of Buchan exhibits characters very different from the Anglo-Saxon. Let us now attend to what is said concerning the Moravienses. The Danes landed in Moray, under the command of Olaus and Enecus, A. 1008. Having reduced the castles of Elgin, Forres, and Nairn, they sent for their wives and families, hoping to make a settlement in this fertile district. On their arrival, they fortified a small promontory in the parish of Dulfus, which our historians call Burgus, from the name Burgh given to it by the Danes. After repeated defeats, however, they left Scotland in the year 1012. As the war was carried on against them by Malcolm II. for the very purpose of preventing their settlement, is it at all probable that, after the defeat of their great strength, any considerable number, nay, any individuals, would be suffered to remain in peace? The inhabitants of Moray having rebelled against Malcolm IV. about the year 1160, and having been defeated by him, many of them, we are told, were transplanted into the south. " Lowlanders," says Shaw, " no doubt of a Pictish descent, were brought to re" place them; and so the inhabitants of Moray were, and as yet are, of " a Pictish origin." " This," he adds, "is confirmed by the language " of the country; for the more

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