Last speaker of 16th century fisherman’s dialect dies

The last man who spoke a Scottish dialect has died, leaving only a sound archive as a reminder of what it once sounded like.

The Black Isle, near Inverness, was once home to a thriving community of fisherfolk who spoke the Cromarty dialect. But its last speaker, Bobby Hogg, has died at the age of 92.

The language was thought to have developed when families, descendants of Fishermen from the low countries, moved north from the Firth of Forth in the 15th and 16th centuries.

It had a vocabulary all its own – from ‘crogs’ for fingers to a ‘lummer’ for a naughty girl.

Researcher Janine McDonald compiled a report on the dialect in 2009 which you can find here.

Mr Hogg’s brother, Gordon, died aged 86 last year. The project recorded and analysed their conversations for posterity.


You can find more details on the story at the BBC here.



  1. It’s so sad when a language dies. Thank goodness for modern technology.

  2. Very sad.

  3. I fell bad clicking the like button… feel like it should be the sad button.

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