About ACGA

Fàilte oirbh gu làrach-lìn a’ Chomuinn Ghàidhealaich Ameireaganaich

Welcome to ACGA, the American Gaelic Society.

Scottish Gaelic is one of six surviving Celtic languages. It is a living language at the core of the culture and history of Scotland.

Various forms of Gaelic have existed in the British Isles throughout recorded history, and Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is the source of numerous Scottish place names. It is closely related to Irish and Manx (Gaeilge and Gaelg), and more distantly to Welsh, Cornish and Breton.

The use of Scottish Gaelic has declined over the past two centuries as severe economic and political dislocations in Scotland have dispersed Gaelic speakers throughout the world. Gaelic-speaking communities are now found in the Highlands and Islands, cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, and in scattered emigrant communities in Canada, especially Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Fortunately, interest in Gaelic and the culture it helps define are growing, both in Scotland and abroad.

“Gaelic Learning Communities” are springing up across North America, driven by interest in the language, music and song, heritage and culture. An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach strives to promote and preserve Gaelic language and culture by supporting Scottish Gaelic language study and interest in Gaelic literature, song, music, art and history in North America and the world.

ACGA originated in 1980 as a study group in Maryland led by Dr. Iain Cameron, and incorporated as non-profit organization in 1984.

A’ cumail na Gàidhlig Beò – Keeping Gaelic Alive!