Animated Scots Poem
The legend of the Maiden’s Leap is set over 400 years ago at Huntingtower Castle in Perthshire. This short poem by Fiona Davidson tells the story in Scots. Have a read of the poem below or listen to an extended version read out loud in this animated film.
Are there any Scots words you don’t know yet? Take a look at this handy guide.
lang syne - long ago
cried - called
yin/twa tours - one/two towers
thrawn - stubborn
bide - stay/live
maist ithers - most others
vyce - voice
fricht - fright
keeked - looked
loup - jump
cooried - snuggled
neist - next
...tae Dr Michael Dempster fur help an advice wi Scots leid yaised in The Maiden’s Leap poem.
Poems from Young Makars
There are many tales about Huntingtower Castle - from visits by Mary Queen of Scots to the story of Dorothea and her leap of faith. There are also lots of ghost stories including tales that say Dorothea herself, also known as Lady Greensleeves, still haunts the towers. Pupils from Perth High School have written their own poems in Scots that are inspired by the stories of Huntingtower Castle.
Make your own Dorothea in a tower!
Fancy crafting your own person in a tower?
Gather together a cardboard tube, some paper/card, pencils, scissors, tape, glue and wool/string, and follow our nifty instructions.