“It’s about who we are and how we view ourselves” My column on the Scots Language


In my column in the Scotsman today (Thursday 7 May) I discuss the recent programme on the Scots language by Alistair Heather.

It built on much good work especially by the erudite Billy Kay. A Scots tongue there most certainly is and it’s both contemporary and historic.

“I recall reading a biography of Mary of Guise, Mary Queen of Scots’ mother, detailing how as she brokered peace between Scots and English nobles, with French the language of choice not just diplomacy.