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Use in varieties of Scots

kye Corpus occurrences Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words37.3 17.6 21.8 457.5 28.6 93.2 88.6
Number of occurrences6016 8 13 2 8 13
Number of authors28 10 3 4 2 3 6

Occurrences of kye in Corpus

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Robertson, James The Mannie, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
reid spot on broon. Sheep and kye grazed the green parks. She c on page 10

1 matches

Robertson, James Precious and the Puggies, (Itchy Coo 2011 ISBN: 978-1845023324) Lallans, weans
in bit whaur they buchtit the kye. They had this fence, ye see, on page 6

2 matches

Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
wp oot, Fleggin the sheep and kye. on page 10

1 matches

Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
d early too. He wis mikin his kye. Ah speired if ah could rent on page 195

1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
d Mr Wonka. 'I jist love thae kye!' on page 119

1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Geordie's Mingin Medicine, (Itchy Coo 2007 ISBN: 978-1845021603) Lallans, weans
at grumphies and chookies and kye and sheep. He wis even mair s on page 1
e o clatty yellae sibble. FOR KYE, BUHLS AND STIRKS, the label on page 29
mony sheep and grumphies and kye and stirks tae be gien a dose on page 73

3 matches

Robertson, James The Deil, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
The kye were lyin doun in the parks,
1 matches

Forde, Iain W D Hale Ir Sindries - Buik Twa, (Fons Scotiae 2000) Lallans, prose
blak an whyt kye. At ane en o the gairden wes
1 matches

Thoumire, Elizabeth Kintrae livin, (Mak Forrit 2019) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
Ah haed a fondness for the kye sae wad hing aboot the byre a
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 117, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
sun is at the south kip, the kye rowting on the loan, the hay
1 matches

Lehane, Matt Hush Nou, (bandcamp 2006) Lallans - Ayrshire, poetry
burds- kye- fush
1 matches

Capener, Jack This laund wis wrocht for you an me, (Mak Forrit 2021) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
hocht o haein tae drive their kye throu it. Hae a glisk throu a
1 matches

@billykayscot tweeted
956 aye, an bein fae Ayrshire kye, it wis gey thick an creamy.(2020) search twitter


Wheeler, Leslie Brockit, the Ferm Toon Cat, (Grampian Regional Council 2000) Doric, weans
at the cat wis missin fan the kye were being milked an the cat
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
llt frae their growin herds o kye, an selt it aa roon the wynds
in ye war gleg eneuch, if the kye hidna kirned up the watter, n
die worn roch bi the hooves o kye an horse that ran atween Stee
ae the byre tae luik ower the kye that pit siller in the bank a
4 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Jessie the Jumbo And other Bairn Tales in Scots, (Smashwords 2014) Doric - Aberdeen, weans
ben the thrissles, the kye war chawin the cweed an Suzy
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Drumneachie Ferm, (Scottish Poetry Library 2019) Doric, poetry
The ferm wis twa reid kye, their udders stappt wi milk
1 matches

@JamieFairbairn1 tweeted
k ye tae folk fa ca beasts an kye Nowt an aa. (2021) twitter link


Baikie, R. M. Mair Fairming Tales, (Baikie 2000 ISBN: 978-0953156412) Orkney - Hackland, prose
"The kye hid no been oot for long, twa on page 14
his come, for pittan oot the Kye. on page 87
Each fermer pat his kye oot, whin he kent the time wi on page 88

10 matches

Hall, Simon W. Crackan the troughs, (Brisk Northerly 2021) Orkney, blog
the ice on the troughs so the kye could drink. Ye cheust don’
1 matches

Hollinrake, Fran Flett Assipattle and the Mester Stoorworm, (Orkney Heritage Society 2010) Orkney, poetry
ty, noo: wi oats and yows and kye (hid's cattle);
1 matches

@peediepuss tweeted
Some very fine looking Orkney kye the day. Just sheenan! https:(2020) search twitter


MacInnes, Morag Archipelagos : Poems from Writing the North, (University of Edinburgh 2014 ISBN: 978-0-7486-9755-7) Shetland, poetry
the kye rubban its necks on the rags. on page 20

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@shaetlan_rose tweeted
an you even imagine being the kye in that scenario, how absolut(2020) search twitter


Neill, Willie Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern, poetry
mulkan the kye wi the weemin in the byre; on page 133
kye and weel-biggit barns. on page 146

4 matches

Neill, Josie Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009) Southern - Galloway, poetry
The kye stood huddl’t in the glabbe
1 matches

Rodger, Matt The Borth’ick Waitter, (SCOTS Corpus 2003) Southern - Roxburgh, prose
George wi milk frae oor kye, an ilka nicht hei cad it oor
he altar o thaim twae saicred Kye, i perpetuitie? Ma prayer is
ervestin the fodder fur thair kye an ither bease, cuistin peats
3 matches


Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
m-yerd whiles the lowin o the kye in the distance wud tak the p on page 125

1 matches

Warwick, Matthew Fergie an Freens oan tha fairm, (Ulster-Scots Community Network 2011) Ulster - Rural Mid-Antrim, weans
rgie an Wullie ir bringin tha kye alang tha loanen. Jock an Liz on page 4

1 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
! Shair, dae yis no lowse yer kye an yer cuddies frae tha staal on page 93
ayed, 'A hae bocht five yok o kye, an A hae tae gang an try tha on page 95

2 matches

Ultach The Gra They Hae in Americae, (Reddit 2020) Ulster, poetry
Frae kye are taen whit culfs it up,
1 matches

Robinson, Philip Oul Licht, (Ullans Press 2017) Ulster - Larne, poetry
The’ thocht that if debatin kye,
Sez, “Fresian kye whut colours thaim?”
2 matches

Gillen, Charles Whun A’ The Kye Had Names, (Ullans Press 2005) Ulster, poetry
tak’ tae ye an’ al’ the kye had names,
cure’t the warts ye got fae kye, on wummin man or chile,
I lake’t it whun al’ the kye had names.
min’ trade, an’ al’ his kye had names,
up in Heaven whur al’ his kye has names.
5 matches

Gillen, Charles Fifty Nine, (Ullans Press 2005) Ulster, poetry
I milk’t kye wae a sister o’ mine,
1 matches

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