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comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
A quick Google does suggest the 'Gaul' etymology is widely accepted through a variety of Gaelic dictionaries, but it's not actually the determining point here. ceantar.org/Dicts/MB2/mb20.html
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comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
... used in the lowlands of Scotland, and that would make no sense to the Irish-speakers who used the same word to describe the English in a completely different part of the world.
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comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
No it's not suggesting Gaelic is derived from Latin, however Gaelic, like most languages that came into contact with the Romans and the Romance languages that arose from it, and the broader world in which Latin was a lingua franca, does have a lot of Latin loan words, or words of Latin origin. Be all of that as it may, a better dictionary isn't really the issue here. 'Galldachd' as a word for lowlanders/the English/foreigners in different parts of the "Celtic" world exists in Old Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx ... therefore clearly it does not arise from a hypothetical Pictish placename ...
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comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
I do admit here that I'm being vague with the phrase "In the years when these terms developed" - because I don't exactly know when that was, but I am presuming somewhere around the 1000-1100 mark. Someone with access to a better dictionary than me could fill in the gap.
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comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
It's not a Pictish word. The Etymology of Galldachd is via Old Irish 'gall' which derives from Latin 'gallus'.
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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
Key word missing: I was probably being a bit polemical, in first comment.
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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
Moreover, 'mercantile solidarity', if it existed, does not correlate with national identity or national monarchies. Take Scotland. Few, un-influential cities, but early 'national' monarchy and national identity. I'm not a fan of general histories for the very reason they have to make points that are so general as to always be wrong. Robber barons and marauding nobles are all very well ... yeah sure, it's a medieval characteristic, but I find the simplistic description very cliched, as I do the idea of a medieval class war.
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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
Well @Andrei Albu, was probably being a bit polemical. Yes, parliaments arose first during the 13th century, but the text you quote refers to parliaments at a time when they had already been customarily dominated by 'unruly barons'. Before about 1300 parliaments across Europe were very much in an embryonic state, and I don't think you can make any general conclusions about urban attitudes towards it.
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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
The original poster is referring to the 'high middle ages'. Parliament is a phenomenon of the later middle ages onwards. What you're describing sounds more to me like a classic, somewhat whiggish, account of urban development in the late medieval and even early modern period. I'm not familiar with Palmer and Cotton, but all that chatter about 'mauradung habits of feudal nobles' sounds more like 1066 And All That than a recent analysis of medieval society. They are painting with such broad brush strokes as to make the conclusions worthless.
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