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The Tale of Maggie Wall

If you who live in Perthshire, or who have an interest in the history of witchcraft, you may have heard the name Maggie Wall read more

The Tale O Peter Kinnen

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

Scots birdsong

Birdsong forms an audio backdrop to our lives, we are cheered by the sights and sounds of birds around us. read more


WARE The season of spring is made up of three months, March, April and May. In the Scots language the season is called ware. read more

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

Celebrate the poems, songs, and legacy of Burns with this free online course from the University of Glasgowread 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

Scots on YouTube

Scots Language Radio

Episode 29

An wiv been gaan aboot again.  In this edition wir at the Celtic Media Festival, held this year in Dungarvan,  Waterford, Ireland, an hear foo Scots R
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Scots Poetry

The Deil an his Prize by Sheena Blackhall

This new poem by Sheena Blackhall was inspired by an old map of Westmorland – now part of Cumbria. Sheena has incorporated these northern English place names …
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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

A blate cat maks a gallus moos

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Word of the Week

LUCKEN adj. closed, joined, fa

Derived ultimately from Old Engli
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Scots New Testament

8 May 2016

In the recordings of the Scots Ne
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Latest News

William Soutar Talk

Iain Mackintosh of the Perth Burns Club will be giving a free talk on the Perth poet William Soutar called ‘As Canty As ye Can’ from 6.30-7.30pm on read more

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


Borders Scots

Like other areas of Scots-speaking Scotland, the dialect here has traditionally been known as Scots or Scotch. However, because this region covers the greater part of the Borders the dialect iread more

Minnie a novella by Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall’s novella Minnie is set in 1920s Aberdeenshire.  read more

Free resources for teachers

We have a wealth of resources which teachers may find helpful when delivering lessons which include an element of Scots language.   read more


Makar Ben The Hoose

Stuart Patterson is the Scots Language Centre’s poet in virtual residence.  An Ayrshire chiel, Stuart is a poet & performer.. 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 language. read more