Kist is an introduction to literature in Scots. It is a treasure kist of Scots poetry and short stories. Read and enjoy great Scots writers past and present.

William Soutar

(1898 – 1943)

William Soutar was a Scots poet who was born in Perth. He served in the Royal Navy in the First World War. At young age he was diagnosed with a disease and was confined to his bed for the last thirteen years of his life.

Soutar wrote poems for both adults and children. His poetry for adults explores mythology and what it means to be Scottish. His poetry for children or what he called his bairnrhymes celebrates childhood and the natural world in and around his home town Perth.

Soutar’s Scots language is rich and expressive. Reading and studying his poems is a rewarding experience and a wonderful way of learning new Scots words.


Soutar's Scots

Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850 – 1894)

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh. He was a very famous writer in his own lifetime. His novels Kidnapped, Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde all became classics of world literature. Although plagued by ill health, Stevenson travelled widely and spent his final years in Samoa.

His bestselling novels were published in English but Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote in Scots. The Tale of Tod Lapraik and Thrawn Janet are two of the best short stories in Scots ever written. They are both tales of horror and the supernatural and Stevenson’s Scots prose style is as captivating and precise as anything he wrote in English.

Stevenson’s Scots is easy to read and full of lively idioms. The Tale of Tod Lapraik and Thrawn Janet are essential reading for any student of Scottish literature.


 The Tale of Tod Lapraik Thrawn Janet Stevenson’s Scots The Tale of Tod Lapraik - Comic