11 Famous Scottish Gaelic speakers (or students) including Donald Trump’s mother

Despite being endangered, Scottish Gaelic has been spoken (or studied) by many prominent figures, including the family of the former president of the United States.

Scottish Gaelic is an endangered language that was brought to Scotland around AD 500 by way of Ireland. Our 2011 census revealed that around 57,000 people spoke the language while 87,000 had some of the ‘language skills’ - a fairly low figure for a population of over 5.5 million.

However, after Gaelic’s launch on the language-learning app Duolingo saw it successfully pull in 1.5 million learners, there’s been renewed hope for its survival. Famous musicians, social media influencers and TV shows have showcased the language too, making it an exciting time for Gaelic students.

As Donald J Trump visits Scotland this week, many are reminded of his ties to Scotland which includes his mother – Mary Anne MacLeod – who was a native Gaelic speaker from Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.

In recognition of Gaelic and its legacy in the world, here are 11 famous speakers – or students – of the Scottish tongue.