Elphinstone Kist -
The Official Doric site
Learn some of the Doric here
This is the first part of my wee collection of Scottish words ie
"Doric Scots" Hope you enjoy and learn some Scottish Words. "Doric" is
the Toung of Scotlands North East called Mither Toung!
17th August 2022
As promised hereís a link to recordings my writing group, Mearns
Writers, did as part of Stonehavenís bid to publicise the town. Itís
part of a series of recordings accessible by QR code on a trifold
map. The first link is to our recordings now live on You Tube,
Each of the
recordings (mostly poems) link to the site pictured in some way.
Many are in Doric, our local dialect of Scots, as is my piece about
John Duncan. Basically I took incidents from his life and use these
to give an account of his life as if spoken by a local man who knew
him. Itís number 19 but easily identifiable by the title and the
photograph . youíre welcome to put a link tothis on your site. I
donít know if you only want the John Duncan piece nor am I certain
if you can separate it. If you only want it but find difficulty
extracting it let me know and Iím sure weíll find a way. The whole
package is quite attractive mind.
Iíve also included a link to a google
site which has information about the project if youíre interested.
On a personal note Iíve also attached
a link below to a piece I recorded a couple of years ago, also on
You Tube, celebrating a harbour walk in Stonehaven. In Doric too.
I hope some of this is of some use
to you. If so, please send me a link to where youíve used it on your
site. At any rate I hope you enjoy listening to some or all of it.
Fa kens? Files itíll gar ye come ower
for a veesit.
Finally once again my thanks for your
initial and very immediate help.
John Henderson's Songs mostly in
the Doric Language
Johnny Gibb Of Gushetneuk By William Alexander 1881
Poems of W. D. Cocker
Dialects and Doric Poets of North-East Scotland by John Henderson
A Whiff o' the Doric
By George P. Dunbar ("Stoneywood") (1922) (pdf)
TO the poems of Mr. Dunbar no introduction is necessary in this part of
the country. "Stoneywood" is a familiar nom de plume in several
newspapers, and a previous volume of verse, "A Guff o' Peat Reek," in no
wise belied its title, for the edition vanished swiftly and easily, like
a wisp of peat smoke. Copies are now unobtainable, and a like good
fortune should attend the present collection. The Doric to-day, one is
reluctantly compelled to fear, is in a condition far from robust.
Vernacular writing in the strict and traditional dialect has tended to
lose flexibility, and to present itself as something in our world but
not of it. as an anachronism, as a curiosity; and its effect is not to
revivify the Scots tongue. But verse in the easy current speech of the
people, verse such as Mr. Dunbar writes happily, brightly, and with
facility, finds at once its ready audience. It does not seek after words
and phrases that have fallen into disuse, nor does it hanker after any
flourish or ornament which is not in keeping with its own fresh and
natural simplicity. To the country people the faithful pictures drawn in
the poems which follow will be a welcome and striking reflection of a
style of life that is fast disappearing, while the songs Mr. Dunbar's
especial strength are frequently melodious with that quiet, almost
plaintive melody which goes straight to the heart to cheer and refresh
it. Principally because "Stoneywood" has looked at his world and knows
his nation and because he shuns all the devious paths which lead away
from the true, unaffected, human spirit of the Doric, these poems fulfil
those high hopes which inspire so many writers as they murmur their
valedictory, "Go, little book." A. K. Aberdeen.