Workshop 5: Rashin-Coatie

cinders in ragsRashin-Coatie is the Scottish version of Cinderella, which Ashley Page used for inspiration as part of the concept development for Cinderella.There are versions of the story of Cinderella all over the World and each is slightly different.

Read the story of Rashin Coatie (Scottish Fairy Tales, Senate, Random house UK, 1994).

What are the main moral themes in the Story?

Rashin-Coatie says the following words to the calf before leaving for the kirk-what do you think the words mean?

"Ilka peat gar anither burn
An’ ilka spit gar anither turn
An’ ilka pot gar anither play
Till I come frae the kirk on gude Yule day"

The bird sings to the Prince;

"Clippit feet an’ paret taes is on the saidle set;

But bonnie feet an’ braw feet sits in the kitchen neuk."

What is the bird trying to tell the Prince?

The language of the extracts is Scots.

What do you think the quotes mean?
What do you know about the Scots language?

Find out eight facts about the Scots language by using the internet, books and speaking to friends and family.

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