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The Doric Language
The language of the North East of Scotland

Elphinstone Kist - The Official Doric site

Learn some of the Doric here

This is the first part of my wee collection of Scottish words ie "Doric Scots" Hope you enjoy and learn some Scottish Words. "Doric" is the Toung of Scotlands North East called Mither Toung!

From Alistair Lawrie
17th August 2022

As promised hereís a link to recordings my writing group, Mearns Writers, did as part of Stonehavenís bid to publicise the town. Itís part of a series of recordings accessible by QR code on a trifold map. The first link is to our recordings now live on  You Tube,

Each of the recordings (mostly poems) link to the site pictured in some way. Many are in Doric, our local dialect of Scots, as is my piece about John Duncan. Basically I took incidents from his life  and use these to give an account of his life as if spoken by a local man who knew him. Itís number 19 but easily identifiable by the title and the photograph . youíre welcome to put a link tothis on your site. I donít know if you only want the John Duncan piece nor am I certain if you can separate it.  If you only want it but find difficulty extracting it let me know and Iím sure weíll find a way. The whole package is quite attractive mind.

Iíve also included a link to a google site which has information about the project if youíre interested.

On a personal note Iíve also attached a link below to a piece I recorded a couple of years ago, also on You Tube, celebrating a harbour walk in Stonehaven. In Doric too.

I hope some of this  is of some use to you. If so, please send me a link to where youíve used it on your site. At any rate I hope you enjoy listening to some or all of it.

Fa kens? Files itíll gar ye come ower for a veesit.

Finally once again my thanks for your initial and very immediate help.

Aye yours

Alistair Lawrie

Electric Scotland Resources

John Henderson's Songs mostly in the Doric Language
Johnny Gibb Of Gushetneuk By William Alexander 1881
Poems of W. D. Cocker
Doric Dialects and Doric Poets of North-East Scotland by John Henderson
Doric Lays (pdf)
A Whiff o' the Doric
By George P. Dunbar ("Stoneywood") (1922) (pdf)
TO the poems of Mr. Dunbar no introduction is necessary in this part of the country. "Stoneywood" is a familiar nom de plume in several newspapers, and a previous volume of verse, "A Guff o' Peat Reek," in no wise belied its title, for the edition vanished swiftly and easily, like a wisp of peat smoke. Copies are now unobtainable, and a like good fortune should attend the present collection. The Doric to-day, one is reluctantly compelled to fear, is in a condition far from robust. Vernacular writing in the strict and traditional dialect has tended to lose flexibility, and to present itself as something in our world but not of it. as an anachronism, as a curiosity; and its effect is not to revivify the Scots tongue. But verse in the easy current speech of the people, verse such as Mr. Dunbar writes happily, brightly, and with facility, finds at once its ready audience. It does not seek after words and phrases that have fallen into disuse, nor does it hanker after any flourish or ornament which is not in keeping with its own fresh and natural simplicity. To the country people the faithful pictures drawn in the poems which follow will be a welcome and striking reflection of a style of life that is fast disappearing, while the songs Mr. Dunbar's especial strength are frequently melodious with that quiet, almost plaintive melody which goes straight to the heart to cheer and refresh it. Principally because "Stoneywood" has looked at his world and knows his nation and because he shuns all the devious paths which lead away from the true, unaffected, human spirit of the Doric, these poems fulfil those high hopes which inspire so many writers as they murmur their valedictory, "Go, little book." A. K. Aberdeen.


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