Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SCATTAN, n. Also scatyin, -un. A herring (ne.Sc., Arran, Ayr. 1969). Only in areas such as the Moray Firth and the Firth of Clyde where there has been contact with Gaelic-speaking fisherman. Comb. scattan gow, the herring gull (Mry., Bnff. 1969), also Johnnie scattan, Robbie scattan, id. (Id.). [′skɑtən]
Wgt. 1877 “Saxon” Gall. Gossip 264:
He was “gaun tae hae a day at the Scatyins”. Mry. 1883 F. Sutherland Memories 134:
A pot stuff'd wi' tatties an' scattan. Arg. 1899 R. Ford Vagabond Songs (1904) 242:
The captain, being kind to us, Put on the muckle pot, Wi' scatyuns for to boil to us. Bnff. 1923 Banffshire Jnl. (5 June):
“Scattan galore”, I hear a Gael say. Bch. 1949 W. R. Melvin Poems 84:
The Empire o' the Danes wis foun't on scattan banes.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Scattan n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Feb 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/scattan>
Try an Advanced Search