Lowland Scots Language (Lallans)
The Lowland Scots language, known as Scots or sometimes Lallans, has a distinguished pedigree that stretches as far back in time as that of its cousin, English. Indeed one of the earliest poems in the language that was later to become Scots, dating from the early 8th century, was carved on a stone cross that can now be seen in Ruthwell Church, near Annan.
In the era of Robert Burns, most of the 'common' people living in the Lowlands area of Scotland spoke Lallans rather than English. Burns spoke and wrote in both languages. His first publication of poems was in a volume entitled 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect'.
At Annandale Distillery we're so interested in the Scots/Lallans language that we commissioned an essay entitled 'The Lowland Scots Tongue' by Professor John Corbett of Glasgow University (to be up loaded soon).