Aye Can - Speak Scots Language

Speak Scots

Scottish Census 2011 - 27th March


Scots is spoken throughout Angus but there are some differences between the north and south of the region and the east and west.

The dialects here share features with the Doric further north (see North East Scots) and with the forms of speech found in Dundee, Perthshire and Fife.

The way of speaking in this region is often called Scots, but if you live in the northern part of the region you might say you speak Mearns, while those who are in the south might say they speak Angus.

Others may refer to the name of the place they live so you could hear, for example, someone saying they speak Arbroath.

The region is largely rural, dotted with fishing communities, stretching down from Kincardineshire (The Mearns) as far as the outskirts of the city of Dundee. It includes Arbroath, Carnoustie and Montrose and inland, Brechin and Forfar (Farfar).

Traditionally, the town of Forfar stood at the boundary where the Doric forms, foo, fit, far and fan (how, what, where and when) changed to hoo, whit, whaur and whan.

Angus speakers also pronounce some words with a very round sound such as mune, spune and gude (moon, spoon, good).

Click on the links to hear people from this area speaking Scots.