Ulster Scots dialects

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Ulster Scots, sometimes called Ullans, is a dialect of Lowland Scots that is spoken in some of the northern parts of Ireland, across Ulster. It is closely related to the English language.

Ulster Scots
Ulstèr-Scotch, Ullans,
(Braid) Scots,[1][2] Scotch[3][4]
Native toNorthern Ireland,
Republic of Ireland
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byThe cross-border Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch, established as a result of the Good Friday Agreement, promotes usage.
Language codes
ISO 639-3
(varieties: 52-ABA-aar to -aat)
English dialects in Ulster contrast.png
Approximate boundaries of the traditional Scots language areas in Ulster, shaded in turquoise. Based on The Scotch-Irish Dialect Boundaries in Ulster (1972) by R. J. Gregg.


  1. Traynor, Michael (1953) The English Dialect of Donegal. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, p. 36
  2. "Ulster-Scots - the Language of the Laggan". Askaboutireland.ie. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. Traynor (1953), p. 244
  4. Nic Craith M. (2002) Plural Identities—singular Narratives, Berghahn Books. p. 107
  5. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ulster [Scots]". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.