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The festival of Halloween began as the pagan festival of Samhain (as it was named in the Gaelic language) in which pagan people believed that the worlds of the past, present and future merged together, …read more

Scots Sayings Calendar

New Scots calendar produced by Edinburgh-based company Indy Prints read more


Chairlie & the Chocolate Works 

Black and White Publishing in Edinburgh has recently published another translation of a popular Roald Dahl workread more

Robert Fergusson Anniversary

The 16 October 2016 marks the 242nd anniversary of the death of Robert Fergusson (1750-1774)read more


In the Scots language the season is called the hairst. Hairst comes originally from a Common Germanic word which is believed to have taken the form *harbistoz about two thousand years ago read more

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

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 34

In Episode 34 we dinna hing aboot – we ging fae the launch o a new book caad the Buke o the Howlat at Darnaway Castle in Morayshire – new text fae J
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Scots Poetry

Mignonne, allons voir, a translation by Jim Munro.

I heard this Burns-style poem read at a poetry group last week and I asked the author, Jim Munro, as he was leaving the meeting, if we could use it on the SLC website. …
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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

As plain as parritch

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Word of the Week

LEET v. to make to appear; to

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Scots New Testament

9 October 2016

In the recordings of the Scots Ne
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Tannahill Poetry Competition

 Read Raw Ltd – a great punning name - have invited entries for their Robert Tannahill Poetry Competition. This competition marks the 242nd anniversary o 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

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 Paterson 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