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king Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words222.9 159.7 59.9 70.4 300 769 695.4
Number of occurrences358145 22 2 21 66 102
Number of authors50 22 14 2 1 4 7

Occurrences of king in Corpus

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Rennie, Susan The Wee Prince, (Edition Lintenfass 2017 ISBN: 978-3946190592) Lallans, prose
On the first o them bade a king. Cled in royal purpie an ermi on page 36
I can see ye better, said the king, wha wis fair awa at bein a k on page 37
'I bid ye sit doun,' the king answert, gaitherin a fauld o on page 38
be in the wrang?' speired the king. 'Me or the general?' on page 39
'Hum! Hae!' answert the king; an afore he said mair hy con on page 40
Also on pages 41, 42, 47, 50, 52, 60
33 matches

Fitt, Matthew Roald Dahl Reekin Rhymes, (Itchy Coo 2018 ISBN: 978-1785301834) Lallans, weans
The king, her faither, up and gied on page 21
The King wis in his coontin hoose on page 26

5 matches

Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
The king had birth, subjects, a bride: on page 4
and hits the royal horse. The king tumbles on page 5
The king summons up his skill, But los on page 6
The King o France, he gien a dance: He on page 8
Also on pages 9, 39, 40, 58
16 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
ing!!" Ah'm nae Martin Luther King but ma few words ae encourage on page 36
when Mustafa died in The Lion King ah thoat it wis better no tel on page 41
pulls oot a packet ae silver king size Rizla ciggie papers and on page 63

3 matches

Waddell, John Lallans 59 - Eve and the Aipple, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Lallans, newspaper
e wis aff the tree, an aw the king's horses an aw the king's men on page 89

2 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
faither tae Kenneth that wis king o baith Picts an Scots, wis i on page 10
been thocht tae be the first king tae hae united the different on page 14
great Pictish stane cried the King's Cross tae be seen, jist tae on page 15
mak it ower obvious that the king wis oot amang, the fowk. He h on page 17
Soon eftir the King's guard cam ridin up an tho t on page 18
Also on pages 19, 20, 22
27 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
And he should ken, he kissed King Geordie's loof, on page 42
King Galdus on page 85
Ah've mind, in auld King Galdus day, on page 92
a guid souter, an's alsae the king, on page 121

6 matches

Chisnall, Edward F. H. Yer Ain, The Young Yins and the Auld Yin, (Evertype 2021 ISBN: 978-1782012764) Lallans - Glasgow, poetry
On the day the King Hissel lay doon at last. on page 52
andemonium is the capital and king. on page 129

2 matches

Grae, Emma The Tongue She Speaks, (Scots Language Centre 2021) Lallans, poetry
ve?' the lads shout. 'NOT THE KING. NOT THE QUEEN. AINLIE ST MAR on page 18

1 matches

Horsbroch, Dauvit A gang-roond oor Sun Grid, (Scots Language Centre 2020) Lallans, blog
an 56 meenits lang. It is the king o the gaseous warlds – gey
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 168, (self-published 2007) Lallans, newspaper
rds taen frae the 17t century King James Bible or frae Shakespea
1 matches

McAlpine, Joan Meeting of the Parliament, (The Scottish Parliament 2019) Lallans, government
poems o Henrysoun, Dunbar an King James the Fourth kent through
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 111, (self-published 2003) Lallans, newspaper
in thairof he sall pay to the king the soume of xx pounds.
1 matches

Dornan, Stephen The Widenin Sheuch, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
gomery cud get the new Scotch King, James VI and I, tae pardon C
doon tae London thegither an King Jamie liked their crack weel
2 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
an 1936 (no a lucky nem fer a king, eh?) whan aw previous Edward
fae 1689 whilk seyed that the King, Jimmy vii, had forefeitit aw
richt happy tae hae a Stewart king o Scotland, free o aw ties ta
ther ower fae France, mak him King o Scotland, an effectively di
4 matches

Smith, Jamie William Playfair: faither o data visualisation, (Mak Forrit 2019) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
win praise by nane ither than King Louis XVI o Fraunce. But it w
1 matches

Smith, Jamie Soonds o the kirk an court: early airt muisic in Scotland, (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
ncess Margaret’s waddin tae King Eric o Norrowa in 1281. It’
King Jeames VI (richt) an his mith
King Jeames VI (richt) an his mith
3 matches

Heather, Alistair Bravehert: The truth anent William Wallace (pairt 2), (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Angus, blog
e a letter fae Philip IV, the King o Fraunce, demandin o his age
dit the release o John Comyn, king o Scots, intae papal care. Me
ad be ‘delieverit intae the King’s will an ordinance’.
itor tae a man wha wisnae his king.
4 matches

Rennie, Susan The Hoose o Haivers, (Itchy Coo 2002) Lallans, weans
country o the Lydians, whaur King Croesus aince ruled wi his mu
I wis a princess. Ma faither, King Minos, ruled the haill island
oor palace an speired for the King. I wis feart an wantit tae ri
he wis Theseus, the son o the King o Athens.
inotaur; an by this sign, the King wid ken whether his son wis a
6 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 174, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
ormance on 19th Aprile at the King's Theatre Edinburgh wis signe
1 matches

Muir, Glenn David of Seafield, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
ross the landing frae Phyllis King. Doon the bottom o the common
1 matches

Muir, Glenn The Bruce Triumphant, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Linlithgow, poetry
Shouts o' "Weel done, Sir King"
Robert Bruce, High King of Scots
2 matches

McKillop, Roger Uprisin' an' Doonfa', (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
tae go an’ tak’ back oor King’s throne!” Aye, richt, as
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Ma Heroes o' Sport, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
The wee man was a fitba’ king, under big Jock,
1 matches

Lehane, Matt Mouse Eat Mouse World, (bandcamp 2006) Lallans - Ayrshire, poetry
instamatic yower king kang, pal
1 matches

Scots Language Center Crackin aboot politics, (Scots Language Centre 2020) Lallans, blog
ither tongue. Bi the 1420’s King Jeems I haed decreed anaw tha
the 15t an 16t centuries the king or queen’s near advisers wi
endit Scotland but the Inglis king took the girn that the Scots
s in for tae uphaud the bairn king an revenge on thaim that murd
ian kirk – ane lowsed o the king’s say - throu the National
9 matches

McClurg, Fernando The USA: Whit happened tae the Guid Guys?, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
a century efter Martin Luther King’s “I hae a Drame” speec
1 matches

@johnstone_shane tweeted
be totally fair ae the Night King, eez nae racist. #GameOfThron (2019) twitter link

@kennethbryce184 tweeted
wis rudi klein - the retweet king - doot the laddies lost his (2020) twitter link
n1 aye but the big yin is the king lol (2021) twitter link
ver will be - the big yin is king by a country mile! (2021) twitter link
orgie hearts - grassroots is king brother (2021) twitter link
@rossforbes92 king kenny in ur photo must b mort (2021) twitter link
and 3 other occurrences.


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
it a table in a pub caaed the King's Heid. Morrice cud tell bi t on page 45

1 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
r dressin-up. Imagination wis King an mony a dub-pie wis bakit i on page 21

1 matches

Hardie, Buff Dod 'n' Bunty, (Evening Express 2000) Doric, newspaper
the boolin, it's nae for the king [sic] fu.
1 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
e. "You ken I dinna ken fit a king wid ait for meals bit, I can
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
d. On yon boord, the kirk wis king, risin up frae its boorich o
If the kirk wis king o the chessboard, the ferm o
ow the nicht. He wis aawye, a king in his kingdom.
it the loons tae jyne fur the King's shillin.
4 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
weirin a croon, a kinno bird-king. Birds wad hae ruled ower hum
1 matches

Murdoch, Steve Schrödinger’s Leid?, (Bella Caledonia 2016) Doric - St Andrews, blog
o the chiels at owersett the King James version of the bible. A
heard the claik o the Court o King James, an doubtless read the
2 matches

Philips, Cally Gonnae No Dae That, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Turriff, prose
oks a bittie like politics is king tae me. Ah’m nae intae poli
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Seven Coins o Kineddart, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
rs. The cook widna hae teen a king’s ransom tae gyang doon tae
oons and each yin wiz worth a King’s ransom as there wiz only
2 matches

@d_anderson878 tweeted
e Jsmes wis bringin up tae be king. Ne the 'spare' faa wis spilt(2020) search twitter

@Doric_Bananaman tweeted
Canna beat a wee drap o' the King(2016) search twitter

@DoricPhrases tweeted
Tae the loon aat King Street lights fa beeped his h(2017) search twitter

@FaeFoggie tweeted
ie. End o i day. Yon thing is king o i bakers. It's fit unites a(2019) search twitter

@beast_afc tweeted
milestene at 10am. Am talkin king size ana ??(2020) search twitter

@fittiecrooners tweeted
ng "Grab a meal deal". Burger King up the road at the beach will(2018) search twitter
ma pipe in the Mecca bingo on king st! Aye ye’ll find me back o(2019) search twitter

@JamesAmcvean tweeted
@JaneyGodley F**king Telt (2021) twitter link


Baikie, R. M. Mair Fairming Tales, (Baikie 2000 ISBN: 978-0953156412) Orkney - Hackland, prose
This king o wur hen flock. on page 38

1 matches

Forkin, Ellen Sea o Dunder, (Orkney Heritage Society 2010) Orkney, poetry
The Finfolk King sits quiet
1 matches


Greig, Charles A Shetland Bible, (Saint Andrew Press 2009 ISBN: 978-0715209158) Shetland - Lerwick, prose
eep him safe fae an ill-döin king, his midder pat him in a peer on page 15
King David. on page 17

21 matches


Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015 ISBN: 978-1782010876) Southern - Borders, prose
th Knave o Hairts, carryin th King's croon oan a crimson velvet on page 78
Th King laid eis haun oan hur airm, a on page 80
e are ee talkin tae?" said th King, comin up tae Ahlice, an look on page 83
"Dinnae b' cheeky," said th King, "an dinnae look at iz lik th on page 84
Th King's argument was that onythin t on page 86
Also on pages 91, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121
63 matches

@cammyrudkin tweeted
o gan ti like this but Mollie King is smerter than Michelle Keeg(2012) search twitter

@jamie_ginger tweeted
“Daddy, can watch the lion king again”.(as the credits are r(2020) search twitter

@MartyMacMurtrie tweeted
he still lives in support on King Henry I or whitever! https://(2020) search twitter


Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
Knave o Hairts, cairryin the King's crown on a cmmson velvet cu on page 79
The King putt haes haun on hir airm, a on page 81
ir yae taakin tae?" said the King, gan up tae Alice, an lukin a on page 84
ik the lu o it ava," said the King. "Hooiniver, it can kiss mae on page 85
baetween the executioner, the King an the Queen, wha wur aal taa on page 86
Also on pages 87, 92, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122
62 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
Baptiser on a platter!" Tha king wus wile annoyt aboot this, b on page 9

2 matches

Burgess, Wilson Dae Ye See: Ulster-Scots Poems, (Scots Language Centre 2007 ISBN: 978-0955791604) Ulster - L'Derry, poetry
toast Killyleagh's sinn, the King wi'the bal'. on page 2
Some shout aboot King Billy an' o' the Maiden City. on page 44

2 matches

Campbell, Robert Lock Doon Poyams, (Independently 2021 ISBN: 979-8742155812) Ulster, poetry
New king sits upain tha throne on page 15

1 matches

Robinson, Philip Oul Licht, (Ullans Press 2017) Ulster - Larne, poetry
King an Kintra no lang in thocht
In pews, a King abane wus socht
Be liftit up, for noo tha King O glorie maks his wye.
But wha o glorie is tha King? tha michtie Loard is this,
8 matches

King, Angeline Weans o Latharna, (angelineking.com 2021) Ulster - Larne, weans
‘What aboot King Billy bike ramps?’ he saed.
Gary was mad aboot King Billy. If he wasnae makin us
‘Ah'm bored bein King Billy,’ ah saed.
n the driveway. ‘What aboot King Lir? Can we no hae a game o K
Lir? Can we no hae a game o King Lir for a change?’
22 matches

@the_gellick tweeted
cudnae work oot which yin was King Billy. Hooaniver, it was quar (2018) twitter link
rt kings (supporters "Tory"); King Billy (constitutional) gied i (2015) twitter link
@TogetherDarling gets tae be King? (2014) twitter link
wurd for a lad or friend. No King Billy - but an (Ulster) Scot (2014) twitter link
ang Ulster Scots: loyalty tae King / Government aye conditional. (2015) twitter link

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