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And add to that beauty, Knox, Melville, Chalmers, Eric Liddel,the Murrays (John and Iain), Bonar, Walter Scott, Stevenson, Robert Burns, John Buchan, the jigs and reels that crossed the ocean and became Bluegrass music, the poetic cadences, the lost causes, the hardy folk who settled the Appalachians, and so much more.
I never understood why Matthew Arnold was so hard on the Lowland Scottish culture of his day (he thought it total Philistinism). He even thought Burns was somewhat "mean". Which may be true, yet there is something there that is not...Arnold never fleshed it out to my satisfaction. And no one else I know has either.