1999 - 2008
Mither Tongue Petition and e-Petition
We gathered signatures for the inclusion of questions on Scots in the 2011
Census resulting in support from the following countries:
Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Scotland, England, Canada, US.
Read some heart-warming petitioners’ comments here:
We took a leap of faith in moving to Keith’s town centre in
preparation for Homecoming Scotland 2009, a Scotland-wide
celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns
(1759 – 1796) a small gesture to honour our poet, highlight his
massive contribution to Scotland and promote our
home town through linguistic culture.
Finalist - Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards, Edinburgh
"The judges thought that Mither Tongue was a great concept in
promoting the Scots language. The shop is an asset to Keith, as
not only an attraction in its own right but also in provision
of visitor services".
Ross Montague, Chief Executive
Scots Language Centre, Perth
"The Mither Tongue shop in Keith is unique in its product ranges,
and therefore of considerble cultural significance. Not only does
it succeed as a business enterprise, but acts as a hub for those
interested in promoting and sustaining the Scots language - part
of a national network of concerned individuals who value our
linguistic heritage and seek innovative ways to promote it.
Their contribution to the wider understanding of Scots is very
much appreciated, their efforts in relation to the inclusion of Scots
in the 2011 Census having been especially noteworthy"
Michael Hance, Director, Scots Language Centre, Perth.
2013 - 2016
Four-star grading attained / maintained for our shop in Keith.
Official figures published for Scotland’s Census 2011 confirming predictions
that Scots is the largest minority language in Europe with 1,541,693 speakers
in Scotland (40,839 in Moray). It is now hoped that Scots will soon enjoy the
same modern-day status and government funding as that enjoyed by Gaelic.
Our home town of Keith becomes Scotland's first Scots Toun, a Scottish
Government award presented to communities who value, celebrate
and promote their linguistic culture.