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We're aw Jock Tamson's bairns

Scotland has a rich and diverse culture. We’ve come from aw airts an
pairts but as the saying goes we’re still ‘aw Jock Tamson’s bairns’. 
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Scots Sayings Calendar

New Scots calendar produced by Edinburgh-based company Indy Prints read more

Robert Fergusson Anniversary

The 16 October 2016 marks the 242nd anniversary of the death of Robert Fergusson (1750-1774)read more


West Central

This dialect covers a large area known as West Central Scots, though speakers usually call their dialect Scots or Scotch which are the traditional names for the languaread more


Chairlie & the Chocolate Works 

Black and White Publishing in Edinburgh has recently published another translation of a popular Roald Dahl workread more


In the Scots language the season is called the hairst. Hairst comes originally from a Common Germanic word which is believed to have taken the form *harbistoz about two thousand years ago read more

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

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

Latest News

Wee Windaes launch at NLS

Today (1 December) saw the official launch of the National Library of Scotland’s website for Scots called ‘Wee Windaes’. Hamish MacDonald, app read more

Scots in Photos

Scots on YouTube

Scots Language Radio

Episode 35

In Episode 35 o Scots Radio, we hear how Professor Gary West has woven testimonials fae WW1 – collected by Jock Duncan – intae a one act play caad &
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Scots Poetry

Hauf-hingit Maggie by Gerda Stevenson

This famous true story is beautifully told here by Gerda Stevenson, in relation to the Sheip’s Heid Inn in Duddingston. This is from the new Freight collection …
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Promoting & celebrating Shetland's dialect heritage & culture read more

Scots Proverbs

The kirn's cowpit

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Word of the Week

BEJANT n. a first-year studen

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Scots New Testament

Second Sunday of Advent

The Scots Language Centre is mark
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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