Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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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.

[Gael. sgadan, id.]

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"Scattan n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Aug 2020 <>



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