Document 156

European Scots

Author(s): Sheena Blackhall

Copyright holder(s): Sheena Blackhall


Pict, Celt an nesty Norseman,
My, fitiver wid fowk say,
If they kent that they're still bidin
Here in Aiberdeen the day!

'Aber''s Pict fur river mooth
Roman 'Deva''s Dee,
The Frenchmen gied us 'Bon Accord'
'Corbie' an 'pertrick' tee!

Should ye gae up tae Hazleheid
O 'golf' tae play a roon
As ye 'hunker' in a bunker
Yer a Flemish kinna 'loon'.

Takk a daunder up Deeside awhile
Tae 'loch' an 'glen' an 'Ben'
Admirin 'strath' an 'burnie'
Thon's some Celtic wirds ye ken!

At the skweel ye meet the 'dominie'
A Latin kind of mannie
An if yer gweed an tidy,
Ye'll be likit bi the 'jannie'

Watch oot fur the Scandinavians,
Vikings at the 'Brig' o Dee!
They'll burn yer 'kirk' aroon yer 'lugs'
Withoot ae wird o lee.

European Aiberdonians
Skinnie dippin on the 'san'
At 'nicht' pairty wi the Germans
We're a mixed linguistic 'lan'!

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European Scots


Text audience

Adults (18+)
Children (under 13s)
Teenagers (13-17)
General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Word count 157

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Publisher Self-Limited Edition
Publication year 2004
Place of publication Aberdeen

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Author details

Author id 112
Forenames Sheena
Surname Blackhall
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Brought up Protestant, now Buddhist
Occupation Writer and supply teacher
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Aberdeen
Region of residence Aberdeen
Residence CSD dialect area Abd
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Manager of Deeside Omnibus Service
Father's place of birth Aboyne
Father's region of birth Aberdeen
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Private Secretary
Mother's place of birth Aberdeen
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic Yes Yes Yes Yes Elementary. Gaelic choir. Poetry.
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes