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kirk Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words143.2 96.9 239.5 35.2 28.6 314.6 163.6
Number of occurrences23088 88 1 2 27 24
Number of authors53 29 12 1 2 4 5

Occurrences of kirk in Corpus

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Rennie, Susan The Wee Prince, (Edition Lintenfass 2017 ISBN: 978-3946190592) Lallans, prose
I dinna like tae soond like a kirk meenister. But the danger o b on page 24

1 matches

Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
atians an rottweilers then up Kirk Brae, back somehou inti anith on page 71

1 matches

Anderson, Elizabeth Lallans 59 - OBITUARY : ALISTAIR TAYLOR 1928 - 2001, (Lallans Magazine 2001) Lallans, newspaper
life wis held in Skene Parish Kirk on 11th May 2001, fan een o h on page 4

1 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
grand show o bein a wiselike kirk-gangin type o chiel, an he ha on page 33
Christian, an elder o his ain kirk. Nou Jock had a kind o managc on page 34
in a wee whilie tae be at his kirk, that they cried the Tabernac on page 35

3 matches

Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
Somewhaur in the distance, a kirk nock sterted chappin the oor on page 66
he chawed while prayin in the kirk, on page 114

2 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
whit they've duin tae Wigtown kirk, on page 92
ilk they've erected roond the kirk, on page 93
see that thon auld shauchled kirk, on page 94

3 matches

Chisnall, Edward F. H. Yer Ain, The Young Yins and the Auld Yin, (Evertype 2021 ISBN: 978-1782012764) Lallans - Glasgow, poetry
we are agreed this body o the Kirk and I on page 127

1 matches

Horsbroch, Dauvit A gang-roond oor Sun Grid, (Scots Language Centre 2020) Lallans, blog
John Playfair (1748-1819) the kirk meenister an scientific speir
1 matches

Robertson, James Naebody'd Seen Him, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
cairt track staps at the auld kirk. Jist a wee place,
Ayont the kirk is the muir road, twistin its
, through the widds, past the kirk, up the brae, ontae the muir.
3 matches

Robertson, James The Deil, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
s lockit as if she wis at the kirk.
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 178, (self-published 2008) Lallans, newspaper
ae the media, the courts, the kirk, the schuils, the estaiblishm
1 matches

Fleemin, Sandy Report on Inquiry intil the role Submission, (Education, Culture an Sport Comatee 2003) Lallans - East Lothian, government
on takkin up as a elder o the Kirk finnds hissel in ower his hei
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 108, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
is speirt frae the body o the kirk, the Meenister gied the folla
s speech the nicht afore, Dr. Kirk proponed the shuid be a Scots
2 matches

Forde, Iain W D Hale Ir Sindries - Buik Twa, (Fons Scotiae 2000) Lallans, prose
thai birled roun ti Dalmenie Kirk ti vissie the
the rewynes o the Kittilskart Kirk. Douglas lowpit
wattir-gaws ower-airchin the kirk at
aince meinister o Kittilskart Kirk, at maun ken
“Ye mynd thon kirk whaur yeir fowk ar beiriet? A
14 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
tae haud on tae oor ain law, kirk an eddication systems. Weel,
weel be daicent fowk, but the Kirk in Scotland his lang been est
an example, the Presbyterian Kirk’s role in the racism direct
schisms that hae ruptured the Kirk hae been the result some fowk
t we mind that we dae hiv the Kirk tae thank fer the fact that g
8 matches

Cunningham, Liam Tam, (Scots Hoose 2020) Lallans - Bellshill, prose
k a short cut n a saw an auld kirk n it wiz glowin.
1 matches

Mc Rae, Thomas The Neep Lantern, (Lowdown-L 2009) Lallans - Central, prose
aye used tae meet ootside the kirk, weel wrapt up agin the waith
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 142, (self-published 2005) Lallans, newspaper
9 - 27 August at St Peter's Kirk Ha, Lutton place.
1 matches

Smith, Jamie Soonds o the kirk an court: early airt muisic in Scotland, (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
Soonds o the kirk an court: early airt muisic i
nd, muisic by gate o court an kirk wis floorishin aa ower Europe
ntury gied us a dour national kirk that haedna muckle time for s
isic Beuk is a muckle cairn o kirk muisic manuscripts copied som
comprises muisic o the Celtic kirk. A bittie efter, it’s kent
11 matches

Heather, Alistair Bravehert: The truth anent William Wallace (pairt 1), (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Angus, blog
lity, but wi the backin o the Kirk. The nobility ar aye gied sai
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Lat the auld witch burn, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Angus, blog
ion haed been furthset at the kirk aforehaund, but that wis nae
1 matches

Chalmers, Aimee Lallans 59 - Joukene Poukerie, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Fife, prose
ie rain. Ye was ready for the kirk, wi yer guid claes on. Whan t
mily nivver even went tae the kirk.
d it. Juist til I gae tae the kirk tho.”
er. They was aw ready for the kirk.
4 matches

Purdie, David C. Lallans 59 - Sanct Hub’s, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
it got yokit in wi the Heilan Kirk.
t me the tap o Sanct John’s Kirk’s spire
2 matches

Fleemin, Sandy Lallans 59 - Bellin the Cat, (Lallans Magazine 2004) Lallans - Ormiston, prose
n doun the brae tae the quait Kirk Loan, the raw o aicht hooses
an pòliss comes skirlin doun Kirk Loan, Mr Mack geeglin an nich
ust mornin an the soond o the kirk bells gleddent her hert, no t
no that she ever gaed tae the kirk. She introduced hersel tae th
fou o the bizzin bees an the kirk bells an the fragrance o a la
5 matches

McKillop, Roger The Appin Murderer, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
mes, here we are, doon at the Kirk. We’ve dug the grave an’
1 matches

Scots Language Center Crackin aboot politics, (Scots Language Centre 2020) Lallans, blog
d til a national Presbyterian kirk – ane lowsed o the king’s
an threiten her Presbyterian kirk.
tertit tae unraivel efter the Kirk o Scotland brak apairt throu
dna (fae 1861) tae belang the Kirk o Scotland as thay aince did.
4 matches

Puchowski, James Frae Norrowa ower the faem, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
at the ae time, it is a braid kirk wi fowk that jist dinna belan
1 matches

Durie, Nick The Best o the Baith o Thaim, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
ep onie criticism, and at the Kirk door o the nation forby. Lang
1 matches

Ewen, Allan Pairt Ane: Janus leuks back, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
. The stappit-fu toon haws an kirk haws richt across Scotland, t
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 101, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
h, near tae the praisent Tron Kirk, that taen its name frae thon
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Tak tent o the Cabrach, (The Herald 2018) Lallans, newspaper
ed permission tae the Cabrach kirk tae pit a few new lairs in th
1 matches

Paterson, Stuart A. Breenge, (Scottish Poetry Library 2016) Lallans, poetry
wabbit past the kirk and through
1 matches

@fourmenterian tweeted
wee bit mair like thon Captin Kirk an' no tak ony snash frae tha(2016) search twitter

@mcfarlane_irene tweeted
@scotslanguage Kinross Parish Kirk Wednesday 11th 7.30pm Luikin (2016) search twitter

@billykayscot tweeted
er a nicht’s carousin when a kirk elder saw him an spiered, “I(2020) search twitter

@Chazzbat tweeted
Acourse Kirk likes Aggir's fuid! #Corrie(2020) search twitter

@StuartPoet tweeted
Welcome intae the body o the kirk Sassenach. Nae doot ye'll be (2020) search twitter
t intae the body o the bardic kirk ??(2020) search twitter
teedins, mair. The Auld Laigh Kirk in Kilmaurnock is a braw exau(2020) search twitter


Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
At's the vyce at teemed the kirk, on page 6
e disna jist exist inside the kirk, in a gweed claes, weary pand on page 67
says at iv ye let aff was the kirk brae, bi the time ye'r in the on page 70
n hurled inte the sma country kirk. Surely some'dy cud hiv cairr on page 74
n gawk it fa's ahin ye in the kirk.' on page 75
Also on pages 76, 86
11 matches

Pacitti, Stephen Lallans 81 - Pyntin the Been, (Lallans Magazine 2012) Doric - Aberdeen, newspaper
alk the mile an a half ti the kirk, far he'd been an elder for m on page 8

1 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
yn wi'd a news wi them it the Kirk coffee mornin?" , on page 25

1 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
hid a look ower at the auld kirk that stood on tap o a hill. H
on the bus a story aboot the kirk
this" states Jonsar Eck. "Yon kirk came up
Yon German mannie turned the kirk intae a
6 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
chessboord. On yon boord, the kirk wis king, risin up frae its b
centor at the wee United Free kirk, as weel as the fermer o Stee
The kirk lay tae the sooth o the Hill
If the kirk wis king o the chessboard, th
rach sklaik he'd heard at the kirk on Sunday.
45 matches

Blackhall, Sheena The Quarry, (Lochlands 2007) Doric, prose
stravaiged aroon bi the auld kirk-yaird o St. Fittach's throw t
1 matches

Strachan, Shane Hoast, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric, prose
a tae the Bingo, she’s in a kirk at the meeting. A couple o da
waatch the live stream o the kirk service. It wis a pretty dour
bad wi the Coronavirus. This kirk service wis dreich tae say th
ng on ma phone, and afore the kirk service wis up, the Whatsapp
ldin that looked a bit like a kirk and that wis aa bonnie and sa
5 matches

The Mannie Fae Unco The Diary o a Feel at the Skweel, (unco.scot 2021) Doric, prose
art fae a puckle benches like kirk pews an a couple utility chee
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Tabby Sooker, (McStorytellers.com 2017) Doric - Banffshire, prose
y mornin afore I wint tae the kirk I decided tae hae a wee traiv
she waited tae gyang tae the kirk wi her latest extravagant sil
2 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Stones That Turned, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
uined waasteens o the ancient kirk. She’s find the first o fit
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat The Seven Coins o Kineddart, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Banffshire, prose
coloured glaiss jist like the kirk hid at Iden. The windae looke
1 matches

Shearer, Gillian Skitin Oan Thin Ice, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2019) Doric - Alford, prose
fine eneuch cheil ootbye the kirk...bit inside? This wis his re
ripple o shame fell ower the kirk.
2 matches

@DoricPhrases tweeted
ister frown faun I dee it aat Kirk hymns!(2016) search twitter
i' the Lee in on a Setterday Kirk - sae stop chappin on ma doo(2018) search twitter
iv posted the day, aifter the Kirk service Elizabeth, Charles, C(2018) search twitter

@FaeFoggie tweeted
ti I junction past Blairdaff Kirk and coupit richt ower i hunnl(2019) search twitter

@cligeey tweeted
@FinHall I hid a thocht aboot kirk yards Why the big dykes roon (2020) search twitter
@alfordbrad Aye vestry in kirk Wis biggit 1798 ready for a s(2020) search twitter
folk of the same name in the kirk yard not sure about ties yet (2020) search twitter
@cattyish Rang Kirk ??(2020) search twitter
bs aff yer beets ti enter the kirk https://t.co/zL6FJVWp7x(2020) search twitter
and 1 other occurrences.

@JamieFairbairn1 tweeted
they'd sat there undisturbed. Kirk Yard - measure lichen patche (2021) twitter link


Miller, Alison Archipelagos : Poems from Writing the North, (University of Edinburgh 2014 ISBN: 978-0-7486-9755-7) Orkney, poetry
walk doon tae the auld roond kirk on page 42

1 matches


De Luca, Christine St Ninian's Isle, (Shetland For Wirds 2002) Shetland, poetry
An i da waa o Ninian’s kirk he wid a fun a font
1 matches

Jamieson, Robert Alan Metadist Metafir, (Shetland For Wirds 2007) Shetland, poetry
ati’da pierie Metadist kirk,
1 matches


Neill, Willie Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern, poetry
tie steeple o Calvin's muckle kirk? on page 144

1 matches

Ross, Derek Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
itsel awauk. Somewhaurs, a kirk bell boomed. on page 192

1 matches

Rodger, Matt The Borth’ick Waitter, (SCOTS Corpus 2003) Southern - Roxburgh, prose
the Kirk’or yaised tae say til iz ow
Masel, A kan reca’ the auld Kirk opening is ae SYHA Hostel on
biggin. The Union o the Snoot Kirk (United Frei Kirk) an the Pai
(United Frei Kirk) an the Pairish Kirk
) an the Pairish Kirk
24 matches

@officialAliRed tweeted
s School Grounds; Beith Auld Kirk; Beith Townhouse; Beith Paris(2019) search twitter


Dornan, Stephen Tha Jaa Banes, (Ulster-Scots Academy 2020 ISBN: 978-1-9163758-1-9) Ulster - Comber, poetry
ee forenent ye tha oul ruined kirk wi its stane waas aa dunnerin on page 8
Ye may gae tae tha kirk in tha mornin, on page 9
An tha oul an hanted kirk on page 23

4 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
n on thïs roak A wull big ma kirk, an aa tha pooers o hell on page 9

3 matches

Robinson, Philip Oul Licht, (Ullans Press 2017) Ulster - Larne, poetry
armichaels, tha pillers o tha kirk,
A'd gie a wee bit tae tha kirk;
A wud hae gien some tae tha kirk,
A pillar o tha kirk,
Amang tha body o tha kirk A wull declare thy name.
6 matches

Ulster Scots Agency Ulster Scots Census, (census.gov.uk 2021) Ulster, government
Whut releegion, kirk or releegious convenerie dae
Whut releegion, kirk or releegious convenerie wur
Prisbetarian Kirk in Airlann
Kirk o Airlann
Methody Kirk in Airlann
8 matches

@the_gellick tweeted
election pairty doon Alloway Kirk: hooaniver, I hae a photae ht (2015) twitter link
) by G.F. Savage-Armstrong. A Kirk elder dannerin hame gets a qu (2018) twitter link
Greba was hanged ootside the kirk. Was Moody afore or efter him (2014) twitter link

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