A collection of historical and genalogical records
I have just re-visited Douglas Scott's book after a year or so since I last dipped into it. A Hawick Word Book is not a book that one reads from cover to cover, - there are over 2000 pages - but once started on an entry, it is hard not to stop reading further. Nor is it actually a book - yet.
Publlshed online as a pdf, Douglas uses names found in Hawick, a Scottish Borders town, to share with us the history of the region.
The main purpose of this compilation of Hawick words is to provide a handy reference for Hawick residents (and exiles!) to help keep the richness of their language alive. The secondary purpose is to provide an accessible source for looking up information about Hawick and its past. These two functions seemed to become increasingly inseparable as this Word Book was being compiled. So this book serves as both dictionary and encyclopædia.
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