Scotland's small towns and the nicknames of their people
Up and down the country, Scotland's small towns boast some great nicknames for their people.
Rooted in historic events, geography, landscape and sometimes sheer mischief, here we look at how the identities of townsfolk have been shaped over time.
Blue Mogganers -Peterhead
After the coarse blue socks - moggans - that fishermen used to wear over their boots. Townsfolk generally referred to now as Blue Tooners
Red Lichties - Arbroath
A round window high in the ruins Arbroath Abbey was originally lit up at night as a beacon to guide the fishermen in to harbour. Later, it is said lanterns in the harbour were painted red.
Gable Endies - Montrose
Names after the style of building, best seen in the High Street, which was trumpeted by wealthy continental traders and merchants. Land used to be leased for building in meagre lots called twelve-foot rigs, with large houses set with their gable-ends to the street.
Langtonians - Kirkcaldy
After Kirkcaldy’s “lang toon” layout which includes one of the longest seafronts in Europe
Black Bitches - Linlithgow
The town’s coat of arms features a black bitch dog against an oak tree after a legend of a black greyhound whose master was sentenced to starve to death on an island in Linlithgow loch.
Bairns - Falkirk
The town motto “Better meddle with the deil than the bairns of Falkirk” dates from the 18th Century. Legend suggest Bairns was first adopted in the in the mid 1600s following the opening of the town’s first water supply. At the official opening, a toast was made to “the wives and bairns of Falkirk”.
Belters - Tranent
Suggestions that it relates to the area’s agricultural heritage and the men who belted horses. Others say its because Tranent folk fancied themselves as fighters.
Buddies - Paisley
Simply thought to come from the old Scots for people
Gutterbluids - Peebles
Scots for a low-born person, it was used in the town to refer to someone whose family were born and bred there.
Stooriefoots - Peebles
Used to describe folk who have moved into the town. Stoor in Scots can mean to stir or move quickly.
Doonhamers - Dumfries
Because people from the town would have to travel “doon hame” given its southerly location
Terries - Hawick
In honour of a war cry chanted at Battle of Flodden by Hawick men: Teribus ye teri odin/Sons of heroes slain at Flodden.