Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Robert Huddleston of Moneyrea

Robert Huddleston (1814 - 1887) has a great quote about Ulster-Scots language:

"...being a rustic born and bred, where the language in its aboriginal idiom is spoken, it has a peculiar charm above all other modes of speech. What then remains for me but to follow the language which nature brought to my door and handed me at the first dawn of prattle and bade me wear through life? Though it may be dry to the polite of the day I am loathe to change it for any other accent. Prootas in my vernacular is as good as potatoes is to them in theirs..."

Over at NewtonLass, Fiona has posted some of his poems. And has rightly highlighted the need to preserve his gravestone.