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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


The season of winter is made up of three months – December, January and February. In the Scots language the season is generally pronounced winter, but can also take the form wunter in Centralread 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 25

In this oor special New Year Edition, we hiv pleasure in featurin an extended interview wi writer and broadcaster Fiona Ritchie MBE. Fiona produces and presents
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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


Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

Daena daur ye or A'll waur ye.

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Word of the Week

FLYPE v to fold back or turn i

As shown in The Dictionary of the
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Scots New Testament

10 January 2016

In the recordings of the Scots N
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Latest Events

Takin Tent o Weemen Collogue

On Saturday 4 June 2016 the Scots Language Society will be hosting its 'Takin Tent o Weemen' collogue at St Matthew's Church, Tay Street, Perth. The read more

Latest News

New plays from Hershaw

William Hershaw has just published some plays which will interest those with a language and literary interest generally. Hershaw, who is a teacher at Beath, in 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

Scots Poetry

Kate O'Shanter by Ruth Adamson

It’s January, when our thoughts naturally turn to Burns Night. For women at any rate there has been quite a change of perspective on the traditional Burns …
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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

Minnie a novella by Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall’s novella Minnie is set in 1920s Aberdeenshire.  read more