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18 January 2021

Mairi Robinson

6 August 2020

We were sorry to learn of the death of lexicographer, editor and adult education worker Mairi Robinson who died on 17 June 2020 at the age of 75.

The Scots Language Centre website includes the following in its notice of her death:

'Anyone who has known and used dictionaries of Scots in the past 40 years will be familiar with Mairi's name and the great contribution she made to the study of the Scots language. Mairi worked on the later stages of the Scottish National Dictionary and, combining this with the Dictionary of the Older Scottish tongue, saw the publication of the Concise Scots Dictionary in 1985 as editor-in-chief. The importance of this single volume with its wealth of etymological, regional and grammatical information should never be underestimated and the Scots community would be much poorer without it. Mairi subsequently held the position of editor-in-chief of Chambers' 21st Century Dictionary (1996).'

In The Herald Obituary, Margaret A Mackay writes that Mairi's career in dictionaries spanned the age of written paper-slips for individual items to that of the computer, and that she was 'a leading member of that band of dedicated lexicographers and editors who have for centuries put Scotland in the forefront of this field'. See The Herald of 6 August 2020.

The Scotsman obituary by Alison Shaw highlights that Mairi Robinson was also a passionate believer in adult learning and had immersed herself in the cause. See The Scotsman 16 July 2020