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Scots vs. Irish (Detailed comparison)

Scots vs. Irish (Detailed comparison)

A Scot and an Irishman seem similar to a person who is observing superficially. But they are distinct from each other based on culture, language, art, and ethnicity. A person who knows a little about the U.K may understand it better.

Irish people are Irish, but Scots are partially Irish. Scots are from Scotland, while the Irish belong to Ireland.

Scots and the Irish are different in their historical backgrounds. Somehow, it seems similar to many people. In this article, you will get all the details about both cultures. I will be discussing the similarities and differences between them.

Let’s get started!

What is the difference between a Scot and an Irish?

Scots live in The United Kingdom and belong to Scotland, so are referred to as Scottish. The Scots are rumored to be frugal with their money, and they are predominantly conservative and Protestant. Irish are people from Ireland. They have traits such as social abilities, charm, and amusement with a delicate accent of a native English speaker.

On the other hand, the Scottish have a very coarse accent which sounds a little bit rude, but, naturally, they don’t pretend, thus we shouldn’t mind it anyway.

People are curious about what Scots wear beneath their kilts, and the haggis is very important!

The Republic of Ireland is a group of 26 counties in the south of Ireland that are ruled by Ireland. Northern Ireland consisted of six counties in the north that were ruled by England. The Irish, particularly the government, are a bunch of knuckleheads when it comes to money.

I hope you have an idea about who are Scottish and Irish people.

Contrasts with examples

Some examples will help you differentiate better. The Irish have their type of football, which is the same as American football. It is also like rugby, which one can play while carrying it from one side of the ground to the other.

They also have hurling (or camogie for females), which is similar to hockey except that the stick is flat and the player picks up the ball with the stick and throws it in the air to hit it. There are no rules about lifting the stick above the waist, as there are in hockey. The Irish have slightly different foods as well (though some foods are similar in the northern counties) (called Ulster).

Scots are a hybrid of Gaelic Celtic, Brythonic Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse languages. They are a part of the United Kingdom, whereas the Irish (except Northern Ireland) is an independent country. The Irish are predominantly Catholic, whereas the Scots are predominantly Protestant.

In contrast to that, Scottish football is also known as “association football.” It has several names, such as “fit bra” and “ball coise.” It is almost the same as American football. They are played with the same set of rules, yet it is one of the most popular sports in Scotland.

These were some of the contrasts in terms of sports and culture. Although there are many differences than the ones that are mentioned. They also have some similar characteristics.

What are the similarities between Scots and Irish people?

Here is a list of some of the similarities between them;

  • They are both Celtic nations.
  • Tartans are found on both.
  • They have a drinking reputation.
  • Both of them love to enjoy and have fun.
A picture showing Drone point that is located in Scotland and is above the Tay River
Drone point is located above the Tay river in Scotland

How do you describe, the Irish culture?

Culturally, Ireland has a well-deserved reputation for raucous drinking and song. Their flag contains white, orange, and green stripes. Northern Ireland is a constituent republic of the Republic of Ireland, which has its government and parliament.

Sharing the border to the south and west of Republic Ireland, North Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. The southern Irish accent is pleasant to the ear, but the northern accent is not.

In addition to that, Ireland is frequently associated with Leprechauns, shamrocks, and, as a result, good fortune. Potatoes, too. Lots and lots of potatoes.

All in all, they have a fun-loving and live-in-the-moment sort of culture, which shows them as a happy nation.

How do you describe Scottish culture?

The Scots are known for being more wild, fierce, and independent than their Irish counterparts.

Scotland is an integral part of the UK, it meets at Holyrood while Edinburgh is the capital, but other notable locations include Glasgow, Loch Ness, the Highlands (a ridiculous generalization, I know), and Iona (technically off the mainland but still a famous pilgrimage site).

Overall, there are a lot of differences. They look similar, but each nation has its history, art culture, language, and so on. If you’re not familiar with the United Kingdom, you won’t notice much of this.

Have a look at the difference between Irish and Scottish Clans

Did the Scottish people migrate to Scotland?

No, Scottish people belonged to Scotland only. Yet some of the people say that they migrated to Scotland while being Irish originally. Many Scots today have Irish ancestors, many others are descended from the various races that were assimilated into the kingdom.

Scottish were a mass collection of warring tribes that spread throughout Europe until the Romans came along and began ‘ethnically cleansing.’ This forced them to spread into the regions in which they now reside, such as France, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and Scotland.

The Scots were known for their fine arts, traditional accents, and close relationship with nature. Any Celt will tell you this when you ask them. But the Romans’ genocidal behavior eradicated their beauty. They cleaned up the unique culture that Scots had. They did it to every culture they stepped on, not only the Scots.

In any case, these various strands have now been thoroughly combined.

Where did the Scottish come from?

The Scotts belonged to the kingdom of “ Dal Riata”. They lived in Hibernia also known as Ireland. When the Romans left Britain in the fifth century, it was divided into three sections.

Germanic tribes, including the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, invaded Wales, Cornwall, and Cumbria. The Scotts conquered much of western Scotland, establishing the Kingdom of Dal Riata.

The history of Scottish and Irish people

There is a long history of Scottish and Irish people. They had language and cultural differences, which are detailed below.

Between about 300 and 800 AD, an Irish tribe known as the Dal Riada lived on both sides of the strait between Antrim (in Ireland) and Argyll (in Scotland). These people spoke Gaelic, whereas the Picts of the rest of today’s Scotland presumably spoke a British language that is related to Welsh.

After that,

The ruling family of Dalriada came to power in Alba, the Pictish kingdom of Scotland, in the 9th century, most likely through a mother’s inheritance, and Kenneth MacAlpin became king. The Picts of Alba came to adopt the Gaelic language of the new dynasty through an unknown process.

It is unclear how much actual movement of people and genetics has occurred as a result of this. The history is quite interesting, as it tricks people into knowing Irish and Scottish people.

A person holding a note of five pounds
Pounds is the currency of Scotland

How can you differentiate between an Irish and a Scottish person?

It is not difficult at all. To recognize their nationality, all you need to do is listen to them when they speak. Observing their accent can help you distinguish between a Scottish and an Irish person.

Irish people speak a combination of Hiberno-English dialect and standard English (with an Irish accent), Majority of the Scot words are still used in Scotland. The Irish usually speak Standard English but Scottish have a great variation in English accent.

Sometimes it is very difficult to understand a Scott. Most of the working class of Edinburgh have a huge difference in English as compared to the English of an Irish person. However, most modern English is written in the same manner.

Just be focused while listening to a person, to tell if he is an Irish or Scottish person altogether.

Check out this informative video to differentiate between Irish and Scottish accent

Can you give some of the examples that characterize an Irish and British accent?

In Irish English, the “r” after vowels is pronounced. In British English, it is often dropped
The sound for “e” in Irish accents is more like “e” in “bet,” In British it is like “ei” in “bait
The sound for “o” in Irish accents is more like the vowel sound in the “paw”In British, it is like the “ou” sound in “coat.
The sound for “th” in Irish accents usually sounds more like “t” or “d” sounds.“Thin” sounds like “tin” and “this” sounds like “dis
How to differentiate between an Irish and British accent

Do Scottish people get along with Irish people?

Most of the time, they do. The Irish and the Scots are generally friendly to one another. Now, whether they get along or not, It depends on their personalities. For me, it has nothing to do with the race they belong to. For your knowledge, I have quoted an experience of a Scot below.

A Scot who lived in Ireland narrated that;

He found Irish people to be friendly and humorous. They were kind, although we had some anger and mood issues due to our distorted background. You need to get along with them by spending time with them. That’s the best way to get to know them and be in alliance with them.

No one gets closer to anyone unless they respect each other’s cultural differences and opinions. Although there are some nasty and evil ones out there who darken the image of kind-hearted Irish people. But one needs to be non-judgmental to have a good time.

Explore the amazing cultures of different countries. We all need to be empathetic and kind towards each other. That leads to friendliness and peace. It helps us share memories and ideas. Unfortunately, not everyone understands the simple fact.

An image shows beautiful pink sky, which is amazing to see. One of the place in Scotland
Neist Point is one of the most beautiful sites in Scotland

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Irish and Scottish people have so many similarities along with distinctive cultural differences. They belong to different origins. The Scots were victims of the Roman invasion while the Irish remained in Ireland since the beginning. Therefore, we call them Scots-partially Irish.

Scots were carefree and kind-hearted people while Irish had been a little bit arrogant due to the spirits instilled by Romans. They are quite similar to each other in terms of having fun and living life to the fullest.

If someone wants to differentiate between an Irish and a Scot, he should be a keen listener with a good hearing, as they have drastic variations in their accents.

Most Irish people do not get along with Scotts, but it is not always the case. They do get along with them once they start to respect the cultural differences and contrasting opinions about Scottish traditions.

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