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Scots Language Centre Centre for the Scots Leid

Hoots mon! Whaur's ma leid?

The language of Mary Queen of Scotsread more


SIMMER – SUMMER The season of summer is made up of three months, June, July and Augustread more

The Tale O Peter Kinnen

The well-known Beatrix Potter story 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' has been translated into Scots by Lynne McGeachie  read more


West Central

This dialect covers a large area known as West Central Scots, though speakers usually call their dialect Scots or Scotchread more

Numbers and Time

Just as the year is divided into seasons, months and days, the day is divided into hours and times. Scots, like other languages, has its own way of expressing these more

Scots in Photos

William Soutar and Scots language

The Perth poet William Soutar wrote in English and in Scots, many of the poems forming a collection of Bairn Rhymes still used in schools today.  read more

Wee Windaes

Explore the National Library
of Scotland's collection of Scots language documents.

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Scots on YouTube

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Voices of Scotland

The Saltire Society is hosting a number of events celebrating the Scottish oral tradition which will centre on Hamish Henderson (1919-2002) who was, of course, read more

Scots Language Radio

Episode 43

Wiv got a lot o special ivints in Episode 43 o Scots Radio. Jess Smith launches ‘A Sense of identity’ exhibition, Young Enterprise Scotland select t
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Scots Poetry

Bob Mercer by Thomas Clark

 Football poetry is getting quite an airing at the moment, with a new football poetry book just launched in Glasgow. Thomas Clark is a lively Scots contributor …
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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

Craft maun hae claes but truth

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Word of the Week

PENDICLE n. an adjunct or appe

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Scots New Testament

13 August 2017

In the recordings of the Scots Ne
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What is Scots?

Scots is one of three native languages spoken in Scotland today, the other two being English and Scottish Gaelic. Scots is spoken by old and young alike and can be heard in both cities and country areas …read more

The Aitken papers

The Scots Language Centre publishes the Collected Works of A.J. Aitken (1921-1998) one of the leading authorities on the Scots more