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For many centuries Halloween has been one of the highlights of the Scottish cultural calendar, especread more

Anither Shot at the Baw

This puckle o airticles haes its oreeginal in speirings amang fitba clubs an bodies atween the years 1998 an 2001read more

Hoots mon! Whaur's ma leid?

The language of Mary Queen of Scotsread 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

Latest News

Amsterdam call for Scots papers

The University of Amsterdam is calling for papers for its Conference on Contested Languages in the Old World (CLOW3) which will take place there on 3 and 4 May read more

Scots Language Radio

Episode 44

In Episode 44 o Scots Radio there’s nae time tae dither.We hear aboot a new paintin bi Sandy Moffat, featurin folklorist an poet Hamish Henderson,is unvei
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Scots Poetry

Pentit Leddy by Rowena M. Love

One of the wonderful things about the Scots language is its tendency to travel all over the world and the UK. Someone who has learnt to speak and write it well …
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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

Herts micht gree tho heids dif

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Word of the Week

HARL v., to drag, trail behind

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Scots New Testament

8 October 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