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The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. Each week this blog will show a different Scots or Gaelic word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Linda Gilmore Sutherland

 

 

TATTIE HOWKIN 17/10/2016

by Linda - 01:01 on 17 October 2016

TATTIE HOWKIN = POTATO HARVESTING

October is the time of year in Scotland to harvest potatoes.  Traditionally entire families participated in this activity, and children were excused from school.  From this the 'tattie holidays' became a feature of the school year.  This continues as the October mid-term holiday, which seems a rather boring name by comparison!

The word tattie is obviously derived from potato.  To howk is a verb which means to dig or dig out.

The photo shows a group of school children tattie howkers from a few years ago!

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