Scottish Language Dictionaries


Scottish Language Dictionaries (SLD) is the national lexicographical body for the Scots language. We research Scots texts from all periods of history, and record and analyse the language as it is spoken and written throughout Scotland today. From this research, we compile and maintain authoritative dictionaries of Scots, including the great historical dictionaries, A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary, freely available at, and the scholarly single volume Concise Scots Dictionary, currently under revision. SLD maintains an active outreach programme, promoting Scots and sharing our dictionaries and language research with schools and community groups.

Scottish Language Dictionaries is a Limited Company and Registered Charity in Scotland (SC032910). We are delighted to be funded by the Scottish Government to carry SLD’s work forward.

If you would like to make a contribution towards SLD’s work, you can do so here. We are very grateful for the support of our friends.

Dr Susan Rennie

Dr Susan Rennie is a lexicographer and lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow. A former Senior Editor with the Scottish National Dictionary Association, she has worked on The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and Chambers Dictionary, and is the author of the Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools and the forthcoming Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary. She manages the Historical Thesaurus of Scots project ( at Glasgow. Her monograph, Jamiesons Dictionary of Scots (OUP, 2012), was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Research Book of the Year, and she recently discovered the lost manuscript of James Boswell’s Scots dictionary, which she is currently editing for publication. Susan was a co-founder of Itchy Coo Books, and also writes books in Scots for children, including the award-winning Animal ABC: a Scots Alphabet and The Derk Isle, the first Scots translation of Tintin.