The Strathaven Weaver – Glossary

Here are Scots words used in the drama. Definitions are for the words as they are used in the audio drama. Many have an alternative meaning.
Please scroll through the alphabetical list to find your unknown Scots word and read the definition in the next column.

Scots
(phonetic)
Translation to English
AI.  Pronoun.  First person singular.
Ae
(i)
Only, still.  Always.
AffOff.
Aifter
(Efter)
After, afterwards.
AInOwn (possessive).
AirseButtocks.  Meaning a poor job.
AmangAmong.
AnentAbout, concerning.
AquititAcquitted.
AtweenBetween.
AuldOld.
Awnt
(ont)
Admitted.  Literally, “Owned”.
BailieTown Councillor.
BairnChild.
BauchleStooped old man.  Here pejoratively to mean worn out and useless.
Ben the hooseInto the main room.
Black DwarfThe Private Eye of its day.  A satirical, political Journal read aloud at members’ meetings of the Radical Movement.
BlythelyGently, calmly.
BonnySpirited, lively.
Boo backit BrigHump-backed bridge.  A Strathaven landmark even today.  Crosses the Powmillon burn at the foot of Waterside Street not far from James Wilson’s house in Castle Street.
BoorachA mess.  Implies negligence.
BotherTrouble.
BrochtBrought.
Cairried the dayWon.
CairtHorse-drawn wagon.
Cairy airms / waipinsGo armed.
CaudCold.  Freezing weather.
ChielPerson, man.
CreeshA bribe.
Crop hisel.Commit suicide.
Dae weelBe well advised.
Deid
(deed)
Dead, brown bread, out the game. – 
Deceased, expired, pushing up the daisies, ‘is metabolic processes are now ‘istory; off the twig, kicked the bucket, shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. ‘e is an ex… anyway, altogether now!  “I’m a lu…”  If you know, you know.
DennerMain meal.  Often lunch, but here the evening meal.
DidnaDid not.
DinnaDo not.
DoonDown.
DootDoubt.
DroochitWet through.
Duin
(dun)
Finished.
DykeWall, fence.
EfterlifeAfterlife.
Eibdy
(ebdy)
Anyone.
FaeAway from. From, originally
FairSurely.
FaitherFather, dad.
FankSheep-pen built of dry stones.
FankleTangled knots.
Fash yerselBe concerned, worry.
FauseFalse, forged.
Feart faeAfraid of.
FechtFight.
FintBelieved.
ForbyAnyway.
Fowert coontFourth indictment.
FurritForward.
FykeFuss.
Gie / gied
(geed)
Give / gave
GlescaThe City of Glasgow.
GrallochingEvisceration.  More usually applied to deer, when it refers to removal of the non-vital organs to prevent spoiling the meat..
Guid
(gid) (gud)
Good.
HaiversNonsense.
HaunHand.
Heid
(heed)
Head.
Heid (heed) bummerChief.
High Heid (heed) YinsThose in charge.
HingitHanged, executed.
Hisel
(his sel)
Himself.
Holy WilliesChurchgoers or Clergymen.
HooseHouse.
HudHad.
Maintain, believe.
IntaeInto.
IthersOther people.
KeechShit.
Ken / KentKnow / Knew.
KiltKilled.
LeedLied.
Lend a lugListen.
Made leeLied.
MairMore.
MarraFriend.
MibyPerhaps.
MinMy good fellow.
MuckleLarge, implying clumsily so.
Nae matterIn any event.
NaebdyNo one.
NaneNone.
NapkinHandkerchief.
Ontae
(onty)
Onto
Ony time syneSoon.
OnywiyIn any event.
Oor60 minutes.
OotOut.
Owerturn / OwerthrawOverturn / overthrow.
ParkAgricultural field.
PolisPolice.
PouchesPockets.
PrattleMeaningless chatter.
PuddockFrog. Muckle (big) puddock means toad
Ran tae grunGot away.  Literally, ran to ground.
RespeckRespect.
Say ae
(i)
Agree.
ShuirSure.
SicSuch.
SleekitSlippery, untrustworthy.
Slidderie
(sliddery)
Unsound, untrustworthy.
Sodjur
(sojur)
Soldier.
SortitOrganised, procured.  Made arrangements for something.
SputSpat (v).
StooshieHeated argument.
Str’avenThe town of Strathaven.  The author’s home town in  rural Mid-Lanarkshire.
TaenTaken.
That eenThat one; someone in particular.
Thocht mair oanGiven more consideration.
TholeEndure.
ThonThat, those.
ThousanThousand.
ThrappleStrangle.
TraisonHigh Treason.
Treason serviceBeing, “hung, drawn and quartered”.
See notes on punishment.
WaipinsArms, weapons.
WarkinWorking.
Whaur
(whor)
Where.
WhilesSometimes.
WhummleTopple.
Wid / widnaWould / would not.
WirWere.
WirdsWords.  What you tell me.
WisnaWas not.

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