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AITKEN,Professor A J (Lexicographer)

Adam Jack Aitken, b. Edinburgh (1921-1998) was second editor of the DOST (Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue.)

COWIE, A P (Lexicographer)

Editor of  the Oxford History of English Lexicography, and the International Journal of Lexicography. More information required,

CRAIGIE, Sir William Alexander. (Lexicographer)

Born Dundee, Scotland (1867-1957). He was first editor of the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, and chief editor of the Historical Dictionary of American English. He was also third editor of the OED (Oxford English Dictionary)

GRANT, William (Lexicographer)

From 1931 to 1946, first editor of the Scottish National Dictionary.

Historical Thesaurus of Scots (HTS)

University of Glasgow is now engaged in compiling a major thesaurus of the Scots language. They have already unearthed 421 words describing snow. More than the fabled Inuit number.

Historical Thesaurus of the OED

No other language in the world has anything to compare with this unique work. Researched and compiled over a period of 45 years by the University of Glasgow. The biggest thesaurus ever published with a million index entries.

JAMIESON, John (1759-1838) Lexicographer

A Scottish lawyer born in Glasgow. He published his Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language in 1808. It remained the standard reference book on the subject until the advent of the Scottish National Dictionary, publication of which commenced in 1931 and was completed in 1976.

JOHNSON, Dr Samuel (1709-1784) Lexicographer

Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language was published in April 1755. He employed six assistants, and it is understood, but yet to be verified, that all of them were Scots. The dictionary was commissioned in 1746 by William Strahan (Strachan), a London based Scottish master printer and publisher for a fee of 1,500 guineas.

KAY, Christian (Lexicographer)

She started work as a research assistant on the Historical Thesaurus of the OED (HTOED) in 1967, and became editor in 1989. She continued to hold that position up to and beyond its publication in 2009.

MURISON, Dr David Donald (Lexicographer)

Born Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, (1913-1997). Second editor of the Scottish National Dictionary from 1946 to its completion in 1976.

MURRAY, Sir James Augustus Henry (Lexicographer)

Murray (1837-1915) was born and educated at Denholm, Roxburghshire. A Scottish polymath who spent 36 years of his life, from 1879 to 1915 as editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

“the Oxford English Dictionary will stand unrivalled in its completeness as a record of the history of the vocabulary of a living language, and it is to Murray, far more than any other man, that the honour of this great achievement will belong”.

R.W. Burchfield

Scottish Gaelic Dictionary (Faclair na Gaidhlig)

On 26 July 2013 it was announced that the Scottish Government is to fund compilation on the most comprehensive ever Gaelic dictionary. It will take 30 years to produce, and will be freely available online. The project is a partnership of Sabhal Mor Ostaig UHI, Skye’s Gaelic language centre, and Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde universities.

Scottish National Dictionary

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