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http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/New ... -Gaelic-he\
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Census records reveal county's Gaelic heritage
PRO-Gaelic road sign campaigners in Caithness have new evidence to back claims
bilingual signs would not be out of place.
Previously, the plan to have road signs in both English and Gaelic have been
rejected by many across the county who have expressed the view Caithness has
always been more Norse than Celtic.
However, new research by Hamburg-based Kurt Duwe means those in the "Land of the
non-Gaels" have something to back their claims that the language has a place on
the county's road signs.
By looking at census records Duwe has said Gaelic was part of everyday life in
certain areas of Caithness right up into the 20th century.
Figures from the 1911 census show that 1985 people spoke the Celt tongue in
Caithness. That accounts for 6.2 per cent of the population at the time.
Duwe also shows the language by this point was dying out in Caithness as 30
years beforehand, in the 1881 census, the figure was closer to 3422 people or
8.8 per cent of the population.
A recent attempt to gauge opinion on Norse road signs was shot down by local
councillors.
*What do you think, should Caithness have bilingual road signs?

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