Nancy Gish wrote:
> "The Story of English" was extremely well done, and I assume the facts
> were pretty accurate, but the thesis it promoted was, in my view, very
> problematic. The only section I could really evaluate was on Scots (and to
> some extent Gaelic), and I found it infuriating in its assumptions about the
> wonderful way English supplanted them. It simply did not happen that way
> nor was its priviliging welcomed.
> I saw it too long ago to be specific, but I do think it was an exercise in
> presumption and self congratulation that dismissed other cultures. I am
> remembering my distressed reaction rather than specific examples.
I saw "The Story of English" too long ago to remember a lot of detail
but I do recall (rightly or wrongly) that the show that brought in the
Scots started with the battle of Culloden and mentioning that a new
anti-Scots verse was added to the new anthem "God Save the King." I
hope that I am remembering this correctly. I have the book but it is
packed away someplace and I am NOT going to unpack. So I would say
that if this were true the producers knew that the Scots didn't just
take to the English language.
I did do a bit of web searching and have come up with the following:
"God Save the King" dates to 1745.
The battle of Culloden was 1746.
The verse that was added was:
God grant that Marshal Wade,
May by thy Mighty aid,
May he sedition hush,
And like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush,
God save the King.
The Rise & Fall of the Jacobite Rebellion
The web page above, after telling the story of Culloden, ends with:
I am a Highland born and bred 26 year old. In my school days I was
taught English history - William the Conqueror - The Romans - King
Arthur - Even Robin Hood. I was taught in English and had the choice
of languages between French and Gaelic. I and 22 other class mates
chose Gaelic - there were over 300 in my class.
Bonnie Prince Charlie, Culloden and God Save the King
I believe that the "Rebellious Scots" verse from has since been
removed from "God Save the King/Queen" and only the first verse is
official but I'm a Yank and I'm more familiar with "My Country Tis of
Other bloody national anthems: