Braw Beginnings: Famous First Lines in Scots

We’ve teamed up with Scots expert and writer Alistair Heather to translate the first lines of some of the world’s most popular books into Scots.

It’s estimated that the Scots language has 1.5 million speakers – a number which is growing all the time. Not only is Scots the most widely spoken indigenous Scottish language, but it is also the largest minority language in the UK. From Robert Burns to Scottish Twitter, Scots is spoken with verve and passion across the country and beyond.

Check out the first lines below and try and say them out loud – there are recorded pronunciations if you get stuck!

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