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That Robert Pate should suggest a course in Scottish literature would do J Derrick McClure good means that he has not read the recently published Scotland in Definition – A History of Scottish Dictionaries, which has a full CV of the joint editor of that book, J Derrick McClure, on page IX.

Perhaps Mr Pate will be cheered up, though, by my own recently published A Scots Spelling Book, to which I gave the main Scots title of A Scotch Spell, just to please him.

Iain WD Forde

Main Street

Scotlandwell, Kinross-shire