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Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland
III. The Coming of Gaeldom

Gaeldom - Ethnic distribution

speakers of another language possibly related to Basque, and like Basque, unrelated to any of the lndo-European group (see Chapter IV). The IndoEuropean family of languages itself developed from a pool of dialects in use in the central European sphere before 5000 B.C., and came to form the main stem of European linguistic culture.

As the glaciers retreated, exposing new territory in the interior of Europe, the ocean level rose, and certain coastal regions disappeared beneath the sea. This happened in the case of Great Britain and Ireland, which were both originally connected to the continent, and hence to each other. The lost lands are remembered in folk memory, and many of the magical tales of European

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