Tuesday, 16 August 2011


Ian Adamson has an interesting posting about where the putative Ulster-Scots Academy should be situated, with the former Lord Mayor and long-time advocate of Ulster Scots favouring Belmont Tower in his beloved Victoria ward of East Belfast. The site would of course be easily accessible for those living in Belfast, but also for residents of Scots-speaking parts of Down (it is only a minute or two away from the Upper Newtownards Road).

Belmont would also be a fitting district for a centre of literary and linguistic study, since it takes its name from the former Belmont House, now the site of Campbell College. Ultimately, of course, the name must be a reference to Belmont the home of Portia in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. Although definitely situated somewhere on the Italian mainland, its precise identity has been the subject of enduring debate.

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