Document 116

Letter: 09

Author(s): Robert Fairnie

Copyright holder(s): Robert Fairnie


The Scots Leid Quorum

[CENSORED: address]

Eydentlie uphaudin the Scots Leid Campaine

e-screive: [CENSORED: emailaddress]

[CENSORED: forename] [CENSORED: surname],
[CENSORED: address]

29t. Aprile 2001

[CENSORED: forename],

Monie thanks for the bit oot the Herald. A didna see ocht the like in the Scotsman but mind A'v no aye been gittin it ilka day this past wee while. Aiblins they maun be missin ma custom for they've pitten the price doon agane tae 20p. A think we shuid aw pit wir baw-bee's worth intae thon comatee an Forgotten Folk shuid lead the wey. Ma biggest dizzie wi the pairlament is the want o onie Scots signage on the wa's an A'v gien [CENSORED: forename] a wee cartoon A did anent it for pittin on the wabsteid.

A'v spoken tae [CENSORED: forename] [CENSORED: surname] on the phone twa three times an he soonds braw keen tae eik tae his kennin o Scots. The wis ae time he wis phonin frae his taxi an haed tae excuise hissel for a wee while. Whan he got back he says, "A cannae understaun some folk. They see me on the phone an yit they still chap the windae tae speak tae me."

Wi couthie thochts,

R. Fairnie (Secretar).

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Letter: 09


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Year of composition 2001
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Author details

Author id 95
Forenames Robert
Surname Fairnie
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment College
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Consultant Marine Structural Engineer (Retired)
Place of birth Musselburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Musselburgh
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Fisherman
Father's place of birth Musselburgh
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Fishwife
Mother's place of birth Musselburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes At work
German Yes Yes Yes Yes In Germany to communicate with two grandsons
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Wherever Scots is understood