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SIMMER – SUMMER The season of summer is made up of three months, June, July and Augustread 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

The Islands Bill

Speakers of the dialects of Orkney and Shetland will no doubt be interested in the Islands (Scotland) Bill (SP Bill 15) which was introduced to the Scottish Par read more

Scots Language Radio

Episode 42

In Episode 42, we hear aboot the challenges and opportunites for broadcastin – we report fae the Celtic Media Festival on the Isle o Man. Ian Kinnear tell
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Scots Poetry

Unner the Fold by Jim Mackintosh

 Unner the Fold, a poem based on a small item in a newspaper, comes from Jim Mackintosh. Along with Andy Jackson, Jim has been busy compiling a book of poems …
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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

As the coo fills the draff soo

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Word of the Week

DAIDLE noun a bib or pinafore

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Scots New Testament

11 June 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