History of Scottish Lexicography

A brief historical overview of lexicography in Scotland will appear here shortly. In the meantime, we offer a list of sources for further reading. Most of these focus on Scots-language dictionaries, but there is an extensive section on Gaelic lexicography, and a chapter on the Scottish contribution to English lexicography, in Scotland in Definition, listed below.

Further Reading:

M. Dareau and I. Macleod, ‘Dictionaries of Scots’, in The Oxford History of English Lexicography, ed. by A. P. Cowie, 2 vols (Oxford: OUP, 2009), I, 302–25

M. Dossena, ‘The Lexicography of Scots at the Intersection of Monolingual and Bilingual Dictionaries’, in Textus, English Studies in Italy 1/2020, 69–86

I. Macleod and J.D. McClure, eds, Scotland in Definition: A History of Scottish Dictionaries (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2012)

D. Murison, ‘Scottish Lexicography’, in The Nuttis Schell: Essays on the Scots Language, ed. by C. Macafee and I. Macleod (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1987), 17–24

S. Rennie, ‘The Lexicography of Scots’, in International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography, ed. by P. Hanks and G.-M. de Schryver (Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2015), 1-18 [doi:10.1007/978-3-642-45369-4_36-1]

G. Watson, ‘The Story of Scottish Dictionary-making’, Transactions of the Hawick Archaeological Society (1916), 7–12