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Our History

Scottish Language Dictionaries (SLD) was formed in 2002 to further Scottish lexicography, building on the work of The Scottish National Dictionary Association (founded in 1929) and A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (founded in 1919). Editors from both projects had often collaborated on related publications such as the first edition of the Concise Scots Dictionary (1985), and with the completion of editorial work for A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue in 2001, it was decided that staff and resources from the two organisations should be brought together to create a new institution. The major works of the two organisations have since been combined together into the 22 volume Dictionary of the Scots Language, which is available online free of charge. More information about the three dictionaries can be found here.

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