The following works are recommended for further discussion of Jamieson and his lexicography. The most comprehensive to date is Rennie’s 2012 monograph, Jamieson’s Dictionary of Scots (OUP), listed below.


Considine, J., ‘John Jamieson, Franz Passow, and the Double Invention of Lexicography on Historical Principles’, Journal of the History of Ideas, 75:2 (2014).

Dossena, M., ‘The Lexicography of Scots at the Intersection of Monolingual and Bilingual Dictionaries’, in Textus, English Studies in Italy, 1 (2020), 69–86.

— ‘The Thistle and the Words: Scotland in Late Modern English Lexicography’, Scottish Language, 31/32 (2012/13).

— ‘When Antiquarians Looked at the Thistle: Late Modern Views of Scotland’s Linguistic Heritage’, The Bottle Imp, 4 (November 2008). 

Rennie, S., ‘The Electronic Jamieson: Towards a Bicentenary Celebration’, in Yesterday’s Words: Contemporary, Current and Future Lexicography, ed. by M. Mooijaart & M. van der Wal (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008).

— ‘Besoms, Keelies, and Merry-Men: Scott’s contributions to Jamieson’s Dictionary‘, paper presented to the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club, June 2012.
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Jamieson’s Dictionary of ScotsThe Story of the First Historical Dictionary of the Scots Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

— ‘Jamieson and the Nineteenth Century’, in Scotland in Definition: A History of Scottish Dictionaries, ed. by I. Macleod & J. D. McClure (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2012).
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— ‘ “A Kist of Ferlies”: Scottish culture in Jamieson and later dictionaries of Scots’, in Life Beyond Dictionaries, ed. by O. Karpova & F. Kartashkova (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

— ‘The First Scottish ‘National’ Dictionary: John Jamieson’s Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1808/1825)’, in The Whole World in a Book: Dictionaries in the Nineteenth Century, ed. by S. Ogilvie & G. Safran (Oxford & New York: OUP, 2020).

‘The Lexicography of Scots’, in International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography, ed. by P. Hanks & G.-M. De Schryver (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, forthcoming 2020).

Whitworth, M.H., ‘Jamieson, Jargons, Jangles, and Jokes: Hugh MacDiarmid and Dictionaries’, in Poetry and the Dictionary, ed. by A. Blades & P. Pennington (Liverpool University Press, 2020).