Worship in Scots

The Church's Scots Language in Worship Group produces a wide range of worship resources in Scots language, which include reflections, poems, prayers, songs and drama.

They are suitable for private devotions, Scots Language Services and bi-lingual worship, and cover:

  • The Kirk's Ear - Scots i the Kirk series for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and other times of the year
  • Wurship Ouk bi Ouk - Metrical psalms, hymns, prayers and words for worship
  • Scots Sacraments - Holy Baptism and The Lord's Supper

New Testament readings in Scots

The Scots Language Centre provides weekly readings from the New Testament in Scots translated by William Lorrimer and read by Tom Fleming. You can listen to the current reading at its website www.scotslanguage.com.

Some publications

As there is no Scots version of Scripture to compare with W. L. Lorimer's, his approach to spelling is allowed to influence the presentation of all the documents in these pages, for it is believed that for those drawing material together from various sources it will be helpful to have a broadly consistent starting point. Below is a list, in chronological order of publication, of various books which may be found useful.

1877The Psalms: frae Hebrew intil ScottisP. Hately WaddellEdinburgh/Glasgow
1879Isaiah: frae Hebrew intil ScottisP. Hately WaddellEdinburgh/Glasgow
1897A Compendious Book of Godly and Spiritual Songs (The Gude and Godlie Ballatis)Scottish Text SocietyEdinburgh
c1900Sacred Scotch SolosAlexander HallidayGlasgow
1901The New Testament in Braid ScotsWilliam Wye SmithPaisley
1910Sermons in Braid Scots

David Gibb Mitchell

1913Of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a KempisHenry P. CameronPaisley
1915Wylins Fae My WalletGeorge AbelPaisley
1917The Kirk i' the ClachanDavid Gibb Mitchell 
1917The Wyse-Sayin's o' Solomon: The Proverbs rendered in ScotsT. Whyte PatersonPaisley
1921Genesis in ScotsHenry P. CameronPaisley
1928Psalms in Braid ScotsT. T. AlexanderLeith


Poems - Scots and English

W. D. CockerGlasgow
c1950Atween the Gloamin and the MirkIvo Macnaughton ClarkBrechin
1959George Buchannan's Jephtha and the Baptist translatit frae Latin in ScotsRobert Garioch SutherlandEdinburgh
1979The Buik o Ruth and Ither Wark in LallansAlex. S. BorrowmanEdinburgh
1983The New Testament in ScotsWilliam Laughton LorimerEdinburgh
1985A Scots GospelJamie StuartEdinburgh
1989A History of the Scots Bible (with selected texts)Graham TullochAberdeen
1989By the Shores o' GalileeRobert StephenPeterhead
1991In the BeginningRobert StephenPeterhead
1997A Glasgow BibleJamie StuartEdinburgh
2001Eight Early Scottish CarolsKenneth ElliotGlasgow
2010The Bible in Plain Scots: 1 GenesisG. Falconer & R. G. ArthurCambridge Ontario
2010The Bible in Plain Scots: 2 ExodusG. Falconer & R. G. ArthurCambridge Ontario
2012The Doric New TestamentGordon M HayLongside
2013Scots Worship
Lent, Holy Week & Easter
David D OgstonEdinburgh
2014Scots Worship
Advent, Christmas & Epiphany
David D OgstonEdinburgh