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Ulstèr-Scotch, Ullans,
(Braid) Scots,[1][2] Scotch[3][4]
Native to United Kingdom (Northern Ireland),
Republic of Ireland
Region Ulster
Language family
Official status
Recognised minority language in  Northern Ireland
Regulated by The cross-border Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch, established as a result of the Good Friday Agreement, promotes usage.
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguasphere 52-ABA-aa
(varieties: 52-ABA-aar to -aat)
English dialects in Ulster contrast.png
Approximate boundaries of the traditional Scots language areas in Ulster, shaded in turquoise. Based on The Scotch-Irish Dialect Boundaries in Ulster (1972) by R.J. Gregg.[5]

Ulster Scots, sometimes called Ullans, is a dialect of Lowland Scots that is spoken in some of the northern parts of Ireland. It is closely related to the English language.


  1. Traynor, Michael (1953) The English dialect of DonegalRoyal Irish Academy, Dublin, p.36
  2. Ask About Ireland
  3. Traynor (1953), p.244
  4. Nic Craith M. (2002) Plural Identities—singular Narratives, Berghahn Books. p.107
  5. Gregg R.J. (1972) "The Scotch-Irish Dialect Boundaries in Ulster" in Wakelin M.F., Patterns in the Folk Speech of The British Isles, London