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Scots History

Scots has been spoken in Scotland for many centuries and is spoken today throughout the Lowlands and Northern Isles of Scotland.

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Scots originated with the tongue of the Angles who arrived in Scotland about AD 600, or 1,400 years ago. During the Middle Ages this language developed and grew apart from its sister tongue in England, until a distinct Scots language had evolved.  At one time Scots was the national language of Scotland, spoken by Scottish kings, and was used to write the official records of the country.