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Historic Scotland Recognises Scots Language

18th September 2012

For the first time Historic Scotland have made the Scots language a centre piece at one of Scotland’s most historic sites. Coming in the wake of the Scots Language Centre’s year-long podcast series Scotland’s Ain Kingly Hooses, Historic Scotland have organised ‘The Mither Tongue – Scots Language Weekend’ at Stirling Castle. It was at Stirling Castle that the Stewart kings and queens, themselves speakers of Scots, presided over a rich flowering of Scots as a courtly and poetic language. The weekend will run from Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st October 2012 and will include guided tours of the castle which will be delivered in Scots, family storytelling – classic tales told through the medium of Scots – in the Great Hall, and an introduction to the dishes peculiar to Scotland. There will also be a ‘Dictionary Corner’ to be held in the Chapel Royal of the castle, in which visitors can discuss and learn about Scots words. These events will run between 11am and 3pm on both days and are included within the castle admission price. Adults cost £13, children £6.50, with concessions available at £10. For more information please contact Historic Scotland at or phone 0131 668 8885.