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.

Year Publication Author Location
1877 The Psalms: frae Hebrew intil Scottis P. Hately Waddell Edinburgh/Glasgow
1879 Isaiah: frae Hebrew intil Scottis P. Hately Waddell Edinburgh/Glasgow
1897 A Compendious Book of Godly and Spiritual Songs (The Gude and Godlie Ballatis)
Scottish Text Society Edinburgh
c1900 Sacred Scotch Solos Alexander Halliday Glasgow
1901 The New Testament in Braid Scots William Wye Smith Paisley
1910 Sermons in Braid Scots

David Gibb Mitchell

1913 Of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
Henry P. Cameron Paisley
1915 Wylins Fae My Wallet George Abel Paisley
1917 The Kirk i' the Clachan David Gibb Mitchell
1917 The Wyse-Sayin's o' Solomon: The Proverbs rendered in Scots
T. Whyte Paterson Paisley
1921 Genesis in Scots Henry P. Cameron Paisley
1928 Psalms in Braid Scots T. T. Alexander Leith


Poems - Scots and English

W. D. Cocker Glasgow
c1950 Atween the Gloamin and the Mirk Ivo Macnaughton Clark Brechin
1959 George Buchannan's Jephtha and the Baptist translatit frae Latin in Scots Robert Garioch Sutherland Edinburgh
1979 The Buik o Ruth and Ither Wark in Lallans Alex. S. Borrowman Edinburgh
1983 The New Testament in Scots William Laughton Lorimer Edinburgh
1985 A Scots Gospel Jamie Stuart Edinburgh
1989 A History of the Scots Bible (with selected texts) Graham Tulloch Aberdeen
1989 By the Shores o' Galilee Robert Stephen Peterhead
1991 In the Beginning Robert Stephen Peterhead
1997 A Glasgow Bible Jamie Stuart Edinburgh
Eight Early Scottish Carols Kenneth Elliot Glasgow
2010 The Bible in Plain Scots: 1 Genesis G. Falconer & R. G. Arthur Cambridge Ontario
2010 The Bible in Plain Scots: 2 Exodus G. Falconer & R. G. Arthur Cambridge Ontario
2012 The Doric New Testament Gordon M Hay Longside
2013 Scots Worship
Lent, Holy Week & Easter
David D Ogston Edinburgh
2014 Scots Worship
Advent, Christmas & Epiphany
David D Ogston Edinburgh