No, I know. I think I just want to believe him and be supportive, because I think it's a great idea. I know it's ridiculous. I just wonder why somebody would bother lying about this sort of thing, really. I'm starting to lose faith in mankind!
The Celtic Revival is absolutely shot through with this sort of nonsense. Although James Macpherson is better known due to the worldwide attention accorded his Ossian
poems, for my money the all-time master is Iolo Morgannwg (a.k.a. Edward Williams). He not only invented the Gorsedd of the Bards and modern Druidism essentially out of whole cloth but also was such a skilled forger of Old Welsh poetry that experts are still
trying to separate his inventions from genuine survivals of Taliesin and Aneurin.
Fair enough on the "accident of history" bit. I think this is just the attitude a lot of us 'Celts' have. "Give us back our land, give us back our language", etc. I still think it would be nice for Cumbria to speak a Celtic language though
I appreciate your use of scare quotes around 'Celts', recognising that this is a sort of invented identity in the modern world. After all, what makes the Cumbrians so special just because a Celtic language survived marginally longer in their neck of Britain than elsewhere?
The Old North is where Wales' oldest poetry comes from, right? They deserve to have something, some sort of recognition.
Such as what?