Introduction – History of Scots – Learning and teaching
This comprehensive resource details the history of Scots from the Middle Ages to the present day. It considers what the Scots language is and who speaks it; how Scots came into its own during the Middle Ages; to move towards ‘proper’ English during the eighteenth century; Scots in the Romantic Age and Victorian times; Scots in the twentieth century; and Scots language today.
Scots is a West Germanic language descended from Old English. It was widely seen as a mere dialect of English and people who spoke it were looked down upon for many years and speaking Scots was discouraged in school. But things are slowly changing and there are many people who are now using it more.