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Scots Language Centre Centre for the Scots Leid


The season of spring is made up of three months, March, April and May. In the Scots language the season is called ware. This takes the form voar in the dialects of Orkney and more


Mind on the birdies at the ice lowsin

Whiles the news this week hae been taen owre by the weather an reporters gien oot dire warnins tae us aw aboot 'the beast fae the east', steyin safe...
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Anither Shot at the Baw

This puckle o airticles haes its oreeginal in speirings amang fitba clubs an bodies atween the years 1998 an 2001read more

Hoots mon! Whaur's ma leid?

The language of Mary Queen of Scotsread more

West Central

This dialect covers a large area known as West Central Scots, though speakers usually call their dialect Scots or Scotchread more

William Soutar and Scots language

William Soutar wrote in English &  Scots, many of the poems forming the Bairn Rhymes... read more

Peter Kinnen

The well-known Beatrix Potter story 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' has been translated into Scots by Lyn read more

Wee Windaes

Whither new tae Scots, or aiblins mair weel-kent wi its literature an story, veesitors will fin thair interest kinnelt in the Scots leid – as tauld through a hairstin frae the collections at the Naitional Leebrar o Scotland.

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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

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Bipolar Burns

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have concluded after a four year study that Robert Burns was probably bipolar. Academics studied over 800 letters and j read more

Scots Language Radio

Episode 49

“We jist dinna hing aboot. We weave oor wye doon tae Llanelli in sooth Wales, for the Celtic Media Festival – an get the opportunity tae spik tae th
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Scots Poetry

Yallow by Betty McKellar

Betty McKellar has lived in Lochwinnoch for over 50 years, as a sheep farmer’s wife and local teacher. She is a well known and now elderly local poet. It’s …
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Scots Proverbs

Facts is cheils that winna din

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Scots New Testament

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Word of the Week


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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture 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

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