Alexander Scott was a Scottish poet, literary journalist, playwright and pioneering academic, who in 1971 helped to found the only independent department for the study of Scottish literature, at the University of Glasgow.
‘Haud fast by the past’ was Lady John Scott’s motto, which she followed in her work to preserve ancient traditions. She is remembered for rewriting the words to ‘Annie Laurie’, and composing for it a most memorable tune.
Though best known now as the author of The Waverley Novels, Sir Walter Scott’s first love and earliest success was as a poet.
Glasgow-born Tom Scott left school at fifteen and worked as a labourer before service in the Army, after which he gained a PhD from Edinburgh University. His poetry is written almost entirely in Scots.
In the Cairngorms is both the title of Nan Shepherd’s single book of poetry, and a useful shorthand for where the heart of this remarkable novelist, teacher and mountaineer lay.
Mary Campbell Smith was the author of the well-known poem about the boy on the train to Kirkcaldy, included in so many anthologies of popular Scottish verse.
Born in New Zealand, Sydney Goodsir Smith nevertheless became one of the most interesting of poets writing in Scots in the mid twentieth century.
William Soutar overcame his ill-health to write poetry in celebration of ‘the generosity of life’, and much verse in Scots for children.
Lewis Spence was an occultist and an authority on ancient folklore and mythology. In his poetry chose often to use a version of Scots reminiscent of the 16th century makars.