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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 28

An wir oot an Aboot again – spikkin tae fowk and hearin their stories. In this edition, we jine the community doon at Newhaven hairbour, aside Edinburgh,
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Scots Poetry

The Man who Liked to Talk in the Cab, by Graham Fulton

nay problum palChrist will yi look ut thi state uh thatah canny staun drunk wimmin staggerin abootthi streets thurz nay dignity ah yewsti likea drink masel but …
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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

Whit's for ye winna gae by ye

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Word of the Week

RUG v, n. tug or pull

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Scots New Testament

10 April 2016

In the recordings of the Scots Ne
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Latest News

Holyrood election guide

Recently the Electoral Commission produced a Scottish Parliament Election 2016 Guide for voters, describing how and when to vote, and giving appropriate places 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