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John, you are of course right, but you do realise, don't you, that a 
language similar to archaic Irish was spoken throughout the whole of 
Britain before the Iron Age brought Brittonic speech from the 
continent?  The Strathclyders would probably have spoken archaic Irish, 
then Brittonic, then English, the Irish again (Gaelic), then English again.

Martin Counihan



On 19/10/2015 14:58, BRIGGS JOHN wrote:
>>      Michael wrote:
>>
>>      There's surprisingly little evidence for a significant change in culture
>>      at the (supposed) time of the Scotti invasion. Again, that suggests
>>      continuity of language. Therefore it is likely that the West of Scotland
>>      spoke "Old Gaelic".
>>
> You do realise, don't you, that there are parts of the West of Scotland (e.g.
> Strathclyde) where English was spoken before Gaelic?
>
> John Briggs