Scots love poem
Yer physog intil the gless
Ae poesie fell bonnie
On a suddenty it shimmers awa
Sae final, I luve ye.
Your cast in the leukin-gless
Is ma bonnie maist poem
But be swith it dwynes awa
It's ma last "A lue ye"!
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Scots also called lallans, which come from Lawlands (Lowlands) is a Germanic language which descend from old English with Scandinavian influences. The language spread from Lothian throughout the Scottish Lowlands in the Middle Ages and later to Ulster.
It should not be confused with Scottish English which is a form of Standard English influenced by scots. Currently scots is spoken in the Scottish Lowlands as well as in parts of Ulster ... it has a status of regional language.
The Scots language remained closer to its original root, influenced by connecting with Lowlands of Holland and the Baltic states. Then there was the French connection, culminating with Mary Queen of Scots.
It use words like press, ashet, and in Scottish Country dancing, allemande, poussette, promenade ..... it has also of course a Gaelic influence and Norse as well.
One of the great pieces of world literature is Gavin Douglas 1476-1522, the Twelfth Books of the Eneados he makes it clear his is a Scots translation. As he had lived in England for a while, we can assume he knew what he was talking about. so by 1500 the languages were quite distinct.
Origin of Scots
Scoti or Scotti is a Latin name for the Gaels of Britain and Ireland. It later, in the form Scots, came to denote the inhabitants of Scotland.
The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI, King of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, thus forming a personal union of the three kingdoms. Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain.