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kept Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words148.2 175.1 98 70.4 85.7 198.1 122.7
Number of occurrences238159 36 2 6 17 18
Number of authors65 38 14 2 5 2 4

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Robertson, James Black Cuddy, (Scottish Book Trust 2019) Lallans, prose
el, and she fed him three but kept yin back for efter. He let he on page 1

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Robertson, James The Mannie, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
ugs, and he never moved, jist kept watchin her. She kent he wisn on page 8

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Robertson, James Precious and the Puggies, (Itchy Coo 2011 ISBN: 978-1845023324) Lallans, weans
Precious listened but kept her mooth steekit. She thocht on page 50
Her thochts kept stravaigin awa, and she fund on page 74

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Fitt, Matthew Roald Dahl Reekin Rhymes, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785301834) Lallans, weans
For ten haill year the Queen kept gaun on page 22
He cannily kept the tail tae last. on page 43

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Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
ka time I saw him; hou he aye kept total seelence on his busines on page 76

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Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
nt fleetin moment in life hus kept me fae drawin ma final curtai on page 23
arrived. You ken what? Ah've kept faith in a system ma entire l on page 25
Ma parents though? Well, they kept faith in the system, likes. T on page 90
in a Leith Star strip. And he kept mutterin the same words, oor, on page 100
nce he cloacked the hing he's kept his peepers oan it. And ah'm on page 152
Also on pages 156, 171, 187, 194
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Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
gs aroond the kitchen but she kept a wee kist in the oothoose wh on page 13
hersel tae answer him so she kept silent. She could feel the di on page 22
he kent she wisnae. Her wrath kept beelin and beelin inside her, on page 23
ot like that fur a week. Folk kept sayin tae him, "Stop pickin y on page 28
soond o the dreided box. She kept on readin, and fur some reaso on page 32
Also on pages 35, 50, 51, 54, 63, 65, 76, 85, 96, 100, 102, 114, 117, 122, 124, 144, 150, 159, 166, 168, 170, 190, 201, 204, 207
34 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
agin were jist ower greedy an kept lookin fer mair whales eftir on page 36
e mak shair that aw the boats kept thegither, the Chief Harpoone on page 41
n yung son back in Dundee had kept him goin this lang but nou on page 42
tae hurry up. Still the licht kept comin closer an he didnae ken on page 69

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Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
r wouldnae stop girnin an she kept pullin the shoes aff an fling on page 12
roon the top ae wur heid. Ah kept huvin tae pause the tape aw t on page 17
up when she said it, she jist kept pittin the Tipex on her nails on page 24
ks. Ah wis pure excitet an ah kept gettin shivers doon ma back. on page 35
gettin on ma nerves cause she kept sayin, Ah'm cold, an ah'm thi on page 36
Also on pages 46, 47, 52, 53, 62, 83, 91, 93, 96, 114, 117, 125, 134, 141, 152, 155, 157, 163
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Docherty, John F. Lallans 81 - Lang Summer Days, (Lallans Magazine 2012) Lallans, prose
whin they wir in the war they kept up appearances, so wee Peter on page 76

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Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
The last vestiges o pride kept her oot on page 59
Ah've kept aa ma books an things fae the on page 65

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Rennie, Susan Kat an Doug on Planet Perjink, (Itchy Coo 2002 ISBN: 978-1902927565) Lallans, weans
an auld, bauchlie racquet, an kept his split-new ane for himsel. on page 3

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Grae, Emma The Tongue She Speaks, (Scots Language Centre 2021) Lallans, poetry
Granny and Granda kept me entertained. Ah cycled tae on page 37

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Robertson, James Naebody'd Seen Him, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
The question kept comin back: Did anyone see yo
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Fleemin, Sandy A Day Weel Spent, (sandyfleming.org 2003) Lallans - East Lothian, prose
y, aa'hing chainges," Airchie kept a ee on the dimínishin spark
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Calderwood, Lynsey Mumbo Jumbo, (Litro magazine 2006) Lallans, prose
roon the top ae wur heid. Ah kept huvin tae pause the tape aw t
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Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2020) Lallans, prose
r wouldnae stop girnin an she kept pullin the shoes aff an fling
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Calderwood, Lynsey Cantsmell, (From Glasgow To Saturn 2020) Lallans, prose
harlene wur wi me an Charlene kept sniffin the air an sayin, Can
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Bolland, John A Chocolate Cowboy, (From Glasgow To Saturn 2008) Lallans, prose
s fur oor troubles (bit Derek kept the Mars bars fur hissel’).
in’, “ Derek ma man, whit kept ye? Come inside.”
kept us in the lobby fur ma partyp
t the middens. Jist eight, Ah kept masel tae the pavement when A
4 matches

Logan, Kirsty Lego, (Scots Hoose 2017) Lallans, weans
ink that’s jist because she kept thinking aboot us leavin her
-hangin ceilin light above us kept shinin off her collarbones, a
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Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 177, (self-published 2008) Lallans, newspaper
entury Scottish poetry's best kept secret". Speakin maistly in S
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Fenton, Janet A Guid New Year tae yin and a!, (Bella Caledonia 2019) Lallans, blog
ower. The Irish hedge schools kept the leid alive there, and we
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Malgrati, Paul Ayont the Fake and the Leal: Let's Free the Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
mmer o hatefu an reekin posts kept birlin tae shitestormic magni
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Clark, Sara Your Leid, Oor Leid, Awbody's Leid, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
are. It's yin o the UK's best kept secrets that the leid even ex
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Clark, Sara Indyref 2: Aulder, Wiser, Kinder, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
ey wreaked havoc wi her heid. Kept her up at nicht. When she hea
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McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
r disaster bit the facks were kept back, no jist fae the nation
undas, Viscount Melville, wha kept an iron grip on aw levels o S
itten leeterature the stories kept bein tellt, an, tae mak sicca
The sangs kept on gettin sung fer the reason
cs at the time. The Vigil wis kept gaun an supportit bi fowk o a
9 matches

McArthur, Kaydi Rich n Peer, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Banff, prose
ti the dungeons o Banff. They kept um in ere umsel. He wis well
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Heather, Alistair Bravehert: The truth anent William Wallace (pairt 2), (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Angus, blog
This wisnae the end. Wallace kept richt on for the Scots cause.
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Heather, Alistair Rin throu the jungle, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
rat-a-tat o gunfire ahint us kept us merchin, or else I wad hae
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 149, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
didnae ken his richt name an kept on cryin him Oor Willie. Nae
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Bennett, Peter Liberties (Part Two), (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
‘He kept that quiet, the fuckin dark h
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Bennett, Peter Graftin, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
Aw day long ah’ve kept masel gaun repeatin tae masel
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Bennett, Peter TA Hauf an a Hauf, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ndae. Ah actually enjoyed it, kept me busy. Truth be told, ah wi
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Grae, Emma Dancin wi the Rhona, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
hey made a coffin for him and kept him till we landed. That was
hey made a coffin for him and kept him till we landed.”
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Stewart, Anna An Alien Feeling, (Scots Hoose 2019) Lallans, prose
hey wanted," I say, "but they kept Lugs."
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Rennie, Susan The Hoose o Haivers, (Itchy Coo 2002) Lallans, weans
r favourite island, whaur she kept a magic orchard. In the middl
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Donovan, Anne Buddha Da - Chapter 1 Anne Marie, (Canongate 2009 ISBN: 978-1847673459) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
a faraway look in his eye. Ah kept waitin for him tae come oot w
the big school, as ma granny kept cryin it, efter the holidays.
Ma da kept gaun. 'They want me tae go wi
nae heed tae the lamas, just kept chunterin on.
rguin wi the lamas, they just kept smilin and clickin away at th
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Vettese, Raymond Lallans 59 - Raymond Vettese : nineteen poems, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Montrose, poetry
and spiert whit kept him sae quiet
nor hoo he kept
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Chalmers, Aimee Lallans 59 - Joukene Poukerie, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
terrace, ridin a wee bike. Ye kept yer haunds ahent yer back, ca
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McKillop, Roger The Appin Murderer, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
ntae a neuk in the hill an’ kept low as the chase passed me by
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Muir, Glenn The Bruce Triumphant, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Linlithgow, poetry
(which kept him on his toes)
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Muir, Glenn Pet-gilante, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
cks in the rid coats. I still kept in touch wi some o my fellow
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Muir, Glenn Sport!, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
x-Partick Thistle players wha kept passing the ba tae each ither
the ba, eftir that they gets kept me oot the game. They werenae
2 matches

Geraghty, Martin A Bad Sport, (ABCTales.com 2021) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
ouldnae concentrate mind yi…kept hinkin’ aboot the nite. She
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Challengin' Times, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
’ the snaw as she passed. A kept offerin’ her the boots. Sco
an’ tae make sure that they kept their wheels straight, at rig
be able tae catch them! They kept lookin’ back an’ grinnin
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McKillop, Roger The Builders, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
eysman’s rates. He’d been kept on prep work an’ basic Jobs
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Dempster, Michael DIGNITY, (Scots Language Centre 2021) Lallans, poetry
ye juist kept that
it's kept
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Penny, Len Toast Tae The Daft Days, (Lidl 2020) Lallans, poetry
ds we made alang the wat, and kept at ony cost
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Ewen, Allan Pairt Ane: Janus leuks back, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
s. But the 45% that voted Aye kept resolute.
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Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 101, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
or Jock Tamson an his bairns, kept a sense o Scottish identity a
1 matches

@DavidJWood2 tweeted
we cannae pronounce Carl and kept calling him Carol. By the way(2020) search twitter

@MartinBroon tweeted
anada,many years ago. Anyhoo, kept drillin, packin with plastic,(2020) search twitter

@Chazzbat tweeted
boot?! Wid ye rether folk wur kept in the datk durin a pandemic?(2020) search twitter
s a spit mask, cos the laddie kept spittin on thum. Full details(2020) search twitter

@DABArbuckle tweeted
was because coal used tae be kept in a bunker in the scullery?!(2020) search twitter

@MizLiot tweeted
treated like a weirdo when I kept trying to say no. (2021) twitter link

@kennethbryce184 tweeted
e - aye its defo finished - kept hoping that the last club a f (2021) twitter link
@ashwilsonauthor kept wondering how they were splas (2021) twitter link
the scottish - its certainly kept me going n being able to view (2020) twitter link
chxx whose vicki peach - you kept that quiet lol (2020) twitter link
anagan97 aye lol the way they kept hackin doon ma pal harry wis (2020) twitter link
and 2 other occurrences.

@StuartPoet tweeted
ans & a certain politico have kept my heid fae 'going Annan'. Ho (2021) twitter link
n o year syne an taen owre an kept owre the Sheugh.(2020) search twitter


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
. "Walter smelt a rat fin she kept leavin the lavvie seat up. Ye on page 51
I've kept this daily journal for as lon on page 89

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Hay, Gordon M. The Doric New Testament, (Gordon M Hay 2012 ISBN: 978-0957351516) Doric - Banff, prose
they bad him, bit his mither kept aa att hid happent in her bre on page 83
s aa bi his leen. E disciples kept quait aboot it an nae a sowl on page 96
n, 'Lord, here's yer powen. A kept it in ma hankie, cause A wis on page 112

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Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
explosives were kept eence for local quarries). Ef
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Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
fa deaf) Neest day the thocht kept naggin
id hae been better if you hid kept quait" he muttered tae
in Aiberdeen an kept for twa or three days observa
widnae stop spikkin. He kept on an an on, he jist widnae s
Jonsar Eck kept lookin for the glesses, he lo
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Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
universe. Noo I've catched an kept it, it'll bide in the wee box
1 matches

Rebecca, Casey and Stephen The Baby Dragon, the Wolves and the Lassies, (Scots Hoose 2017) Doric, weans
ecca to a lang tall tower and kept her there for months and mont
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Crawford, Jack The Pluffer, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Forres, prose
ffer – only this ane wid be kept weel awa fae ony teachers!
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Uri, Antonia The birds an the bees, (Mak Forrit 2018) Doric - Aberdeen, blog
naitural at daein this. We aa kept clappin the wee beastie, as i
1 matches

Strachan, Shane Hoast, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric, prose
ough the passage while Grunny kept greetin.
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat Catty, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
aa wiz the big Aga stove that kept the room as warm as a pie and
or supper some nicht but ayee kept pittin it aff because she wiz
raat and graat ower Catty and kept him tae her bosie. Steens wer
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Hutchison, Pat Bulletbroo, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
Douglas aff big style, but he kept his wheesht. Onywye aifter aa
As for Douglas he wiz kept at the casualty clearin stati
2 matches

Philips, Cally Wha's feart o' the library?, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Turriff, prose
Sae I aften kept ma ee’s open fer the sichts
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Hutchison, Pat The Tabby Sooker, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
much intae the wee tin box I kept for my stash. Some though I k
for my stash. Some though I kept oot and jist gorged on them u
2 matches

Hutchison, Pat Angels Ten, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
lace at this revelation but I kept it tae masel. Eventually I ma
red it wiz ower late. She’d kept his jaicket for years but hid
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Hutchison, Pat If I Catch Ye I'll Eat Ye, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
ckin his nose and tellt if he kept deein that he'd end up wi ae
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Hutchison, Pat The Seven Coins o Kineddart, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
tae show her far the coal wiz kept and by the gutterin glimmer o
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@FaeFoggie tweeted
ne run awa Fae a wasp. I just kept clickin and got this een. Nae(2020) search twitter

@cligeey tweeted
@aduncan59 Kept ti the back roads Turkey patr(2020) search twitter

@Franwella tweeted
Blinkn kids kept me up tae 3am. A wee snooze r(2011) search twitter

@fittiecrooners tweeted
e Fittie Bar menu! The lassie kept telling me that yon Polish & (2018) search twitter


Baikie, R. M. Mair Fairming Tales, (Baikie 2000 ISBN: 978-0953156412) Orkney - Hackland, prose
Kept ferfal weel apairt, on page 40

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Hall, Simon W. Tae thee, or no tae thee?, (Brisk Northerly 2020) Orkney, blog
y’ and ‘lass’, and they kept their island pronouns alive,
1 matches


Sutherland, Hazel Biggin Da Dess, (Shetland For Wirds 2004) Shetland, prose
e help fae machinery. But dir kept da same size an cured in da s
1 matches

Cumming, John Kirsten, (Shetland For Wirds 2006) Shetland, prose
ok me time an waandered ower. Kept mesel tae mesel. Dat's anidde
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Walterson, Barbara Da Trow o’ Fogla Skerry, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
Even on da why hame, I kept tinkin aboot da trow I met. D
1 matches

Isbister, Sonny Caves aroond Shetland, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
But we canna see you!’. Dey kept on waalkin until dey cam tae
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@helenmoncrieff tweeted
tt again. Da trauma! ! I have kept my noccers pics on Facebook. (2014) search twitter
My folk kept dis drawin I did as a schoolb(2020) search twitter


Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015 ISBN: 978-1782010876) Southern - Borders, prose
Wull she no b' nippy if Ah've kept hur waitin!" Ahlice felt sae on page 17
th Moose in th middle. Ahlice kept hur eyes on page 24
ow div ee ca eet sad?" An she kept oan puzzlin aboot eet while t on page 28
"Ah kept aw ma lumbs awfy supple on page 46
Ahlice kept lookin thochtfu at th mushroo on page 50
Also on pages 52, 59, 60, 69, 74, 75, 104, 110, 115, 119
16 matches

@MartyMacMurtrie tweeted
rience with sum sae-called JW kept knockin’ ma door persuade me (2021) twitter link


Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
aw be quare an angry if A hae kept hir waitin!" Alice feelt that on page 18
he Moose in the middle. Alice kept a on page 25
sad?" An shae kept on switherin aboot it whin th on page 30
ate tae bae wishin that! Shae kept on grouin an grouin, an shane on page 35
"A kept aal mae limbs wile supple on page 47
Also on pages 53, 60, 61, 76, 111, 116, 120
13 matches

Dornan, Stephen Tha Jaa Banes, (Ulster-Scots Academy 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9163758-1-9) Ulster - Comber, poetry
r it was anither jaa bane. He kept hokin an anither, an anither, on page 13

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Burgess, Wilson Dae Ye See: Ulster-Scots Poems, (Scots Language Centre 2007 ISBN: 978-0955791604) Ulster - L'Derry, poetry
O' sacrets she kept fir millions o' years, on page 37

2 matches

@the_gellick tweeted
mang the midnight storm, That kept me lang in listening pause, w (2019) twitter link
e the toon nabbed the heid an kept it - it was foond an they pu (2014) twitter link

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