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Happy Birthday SLD!

Scottish Language Dictionaries is 10 years old in this year...

See details of all our anniversary events here


...but our history goes back much further than that.

Brief history

We were formed in 2002 following completion of editorial work for A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST), as a successor to both DOST and to the SNDA (Scottish National Dictionary Association), founded in 1919 and 1929 respectively. Standing on the shoulders of these giants, SLD exists to build on the work of our predecessor institutions and ensure the future of Scottish lexicography.

The new company united its parent organisations' resources - most importantly some of the staff, who brought with them invaluable experience and depth of expertise, and who had already collaborated on major projects such as the best-selling Concise Scots Dictionary, published in 1985.

Achievements in our first 10 years

Marking the occasion

We are marking this milestone in appropriate ways during the year, to raise the profile of the dictionaries. At the end of May we hosted a celebratory reception for our supporters and staff in the historic town of Linlithgow, which was also attended by Alasdair Allan, the Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages.
Read a full account of this very successful event here.

Various other events have taken place, including exhibitions and a successful workshop for children and their carers at the Edinburgh Book Festival, run by our Outreach and Education Officer Elaine Webster. There is an ongoing programme of SLD exhibitions and events at various venues throughout the year, featuring our eye-catching display banners which are always popular.
See details of both past and planned events here.

How can you help?

We are, as ever, anxious to steward our human and financial resources carefully as our main focus must obviously be on the huge amount of dictionary work to be done. For this reason we launched an appeal earlier this year for a seed-corn fund that we could draw on for one-off purchases such as promotional materials. We have already received generous donations towards this fund, and this has enabled us to invest in a set of large display banners and other equipment. Please continue to help us by donating to our seed-corn fund – even a small amount will help towards additional expenses, e.g. hiring venues for promotional events.

You can donate by PayPal, by electronic transfer into our account, or by cheque – and remember, if you’re a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation which increases the amount we receive by up to 25%.

Full details are given on our Donations page.