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WARE, VOAR n spring

This word is generally held to come from Old Norse ‘var’, although there are a few Older Scots spellings such as ‘ver’ and ‘vere’ which suggest influence from identical spellings in Old Frread more

Minnie a novella by Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall’s novella Minnie is set in 1920s Aberdeenshire. It follows the story of a young girl’s passage through adolescence and her experiences of loss and recoverylread more

Scots in Photos

Word of the Week

PINGLE v to strive, contend, w

The origin of pingle is uncertain
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Scots on YouTube

Scots Proverbs

Like a slung stane

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Scots New Testament

10 May 2015

In the recordings of the Scots Ne
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Scots Language Radio

Episode 17

In this Episode we hiv news o a new Centre for Culture planned for the North and Professor Peter Reid tells us fit wye he’s gaan tae deliver his Pro
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Scots Poetry

Trident Tirrans by Dauvit Horsbroch

Dauvit Horsbroch has lived mostly in North East Scotland, with family connections all over Scotland. He has been writing for many years, using both central Scots …
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Latest News

MPs Take Oath in Scots

History was made recently when Scotland elected 56 Scottish National Party MPs to represent Scotland at the Westminster parliament in London. On Wednesday
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Peter Kinnen

The well-known Beatrix Potter story 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' has been translated into Scots by Lynne McGeachie and published by the Beatrix Potter Society as 'The Tale O Peter Kinnen' read more

Latest Events

William Soutar's Time

Katrina MacLeod of the SLC will be giving a talk on her research into people who knew the late William Soutar, well known Scots language poet who died i
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Free resources for teachers

Within Scots Language Centre website there are a many pages which teachers may find helpful when delivering lessons which include an element of Scots language. Within Watching and Listening there are


A Gruffalo Tour

Children are in for a special treat during March when the Gruffalo takes to the road, in both English and Scots. In a co-venture brought to you by Into Film and Education Scotland, there will bread more

The Scots calendar

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

Rodger Lyall

Rodger Lyall has over the past few years written a number of short stories in Doric, following completion of a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Stirling University. The stories have also beread more