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Also... have you stumbled across an old Scottish word that you need translated? Leave us a message here and we'll do our best to help.


The Duke
hey guys- any info on John Waynes ancesters and were they scotch like iwas told by an uncle of mine?? would be greatful of all insite. my moms grammy was from eglin.
Posted by Kurt H Ziegler on 24 March 2010
Although John (originally named Marion Morrison) was not actually born in Scotland, his maternal grandmother hailed from Macduff. His father (Mary) was of Irish presbyterian stock.
Posted by hank on 31 March 2010
Nonsense!!! Wayne was of Scots-Irish descent through his 2nd great-grandfather Robert Lulu Morrison born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in 1782 who then emigrated to the States. Get your facts straight!
Posted by Milton Cleerwater on 31 March 2010
A very nice web site you have here!
I hope it's ok for a Swede to comment on things and ask a few questions:
Firstly: I have quite a few friends within the rubliner crowd who every now and then turn very Slevergeggie. Often in connection with gigs. Is there anything I can do about that, except getting into that state myself?
Secondly: As a Scandinavian I'm interested in the norse words in Scottish like thorpe (torp), barn (meaning child) etc. Are there any nice rude words of Scandinavian origin that I ought to know about?
Cheers Larry M
Posted by Larry Mason on 22 April 2008
Dear Larry,
thank you for your interest in our site. We welcome enquiries from all over the world. We are particularly interested in enquiries from the Scandinavian countries, as many Scots are descended from Vikings who raped and pillaged their way down the Scottish coastline.As well as leaving their DNA, the Scandinavian visitors also left traces of their own language and speech patterns behind.Our team of dedicated researchers are currently working on words that have a Scandinavian link, and we hope to post a more detailed reply to your question soon.
However I feel that in the meantime I should advise you to be very careful about how you approach someone who is in a state of " slevergeggie"
The word is derived from "slever=saliva" and "geggie=mouth" ie someone who is so drunk they are dribbling saliva from their mouths.These people can be unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous. Either avoid them completely, or only approach them if you are in a similar state of "slevergeggiedness" yourself.Sometimes offering them a pie, or a bag of chips will calm the situation.
I hope this is helpful,

Prof. Morris Anderson.

Posted by Prof Morris Anderson on 26 April 2008
Dear Sir!
Thank you so much for your kind answer!
Regarding your advice how to deal with slevergeggiesh folks: I'm afraid I can't avoid the rubliners boys and I don't really like chips so I guess the only way out of this predicament is to get into the slevergeggiesh mode myself. Can you give me some advice on what to drink to get into that state - in, let's say, less than an hour's time?
Cheers PhD Larry Mason
Posted by Larry Mason on 01 May 2008
Hello Larry, Scotia here. I'm with you on this one... move swiftly into slevergeggie mode. It's the best way. I've just moved house and there's furniture and stuff everywhere. I can't even find my bed! I'm going to get slevergeggied tonight and sleep on the floor.
Posted by Scotia on 03 May 2008
I was reading an article in a 1926 edition of Great Scot magazine the other day when I noticed a reference to a 'haughberrie'.

According to the article, a haughberrie was a bramble bush used for flogging convicted criminals. Can you confirm if this is correct?

Milton Finesilver, C.A., Largs
Posted by Milton Finesilver on 20 March 2008
Dear Milton,
you are correct-this is the correct definition of a "haughberrie" We do not flog criminals now, but the tradition is kept alive by the various "Haughberian Societies" (all male)which practice flagellation. There may be a branch near you .
Posted by Sandy MacLeish on 22 March 2008
Where can I hear the sound of a pibroch calling? Do they call at dawn or dusk? Do they flock, or are they a solitary, territorial bird?
Posted by Clement Adam on 18 March 2008
Dear Clement,
The following info is taken from ‘The Wee Black Book of Scotch Burds’ (An extremely rare 1937 publication by Hodder & Pumper.) “The Pibroch, or Piperhawk, is somewhere in size between a Peeweep and a Bonxie and has plumage of a hue similar to that of a cock Pheasant. It is a talented mimic and can even simulate the melancholy tone of the chanter from a set of bagpipes. Many have been fooled into believing they were indeed hearing the eerie skirl of the pipes floating down a lonely glen of an autumn evening when a muster of Pibrochs were calling." We hope that helps.
Posted by Admin. on 19 March 2008
What kind of creature is a "stoater". I hear it is like a big stoat.
Where canI spot one?
Posted by Clement Adam on 18 March 2008
Ur rite Clemince, it is. Keep ur eyes open and u can spot them anywhere. Am lucky, I stay in Alloa and theres a wee stoater that stays rite accross the road fae me.
Posted by Ally McPherson on 19 March 2008
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