Scots language talk for society

SCOTS language and literature expert Professor Derrick McClure will deliver the next talk in Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society’s new season.

Well-known in the north-east and further afield as an enthusiast for Scots language and literature, he has now retired after nearly 40 years teaching Scottish Literature and the Scots tongue at the University of Aberdeen School of Linguistics, but his interest in the subject is much more than academic.

Coming from Ayr, he was weaned on Burns and he also has a great affection for the Doric, the dialect of north-east Scotland. He is a regular and pithy contributor to newspapers and magazines on all matters relating to the Scots language.

Professor McClure previously taught in Germany at the University of Tübingen and in Canada at Ottawa, and has recently given guest lectures in Germany, Switzerland and Japan. Among his principal fields of interest are the history of the Scots language and its poetic translation. He is editor of the annual journal Scottish Language.

His publications include Doric: the Dialect of North-East Scotland; and Why Scots Matters along with numerous articles and conference papers on Scottish linguistic and literary topics.

His illustrated talk, entitled “Scots: a Language for Poetic Translation”, will be given next Tuesday, October 11 in Montrose Museum.

Doors will be open at 7pm and the talk will start at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.