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A makar in Scots leeteratur is a poet or bard, aften pairt o the ryal coort. The wird makar refers tae the craft o writin poetry (keek at scop forby). The wird can forby be uised fur ither forms o creaution.[1]

For ordinar the Scots Makars refers til a Scots leid leeterar genre o the late Middle Ages.

In modren Scotland, The Scots Makar (cutty mak: The Makar) is the Scots' naitional poet, appyntit by the Scots Pairlament,[2] an the equeevalent o the English Poet Laureate. Syne 2004, the Makar haes been Edwin Morgan.

William Dunbar, a foregane Makar, wrate the Lament for the Makaris.

The maist weel kent o the makars wis John Barbour, Blind Harry (cried Henry the Minstrel an aw), Robert Henryson (or Henrysoun), William Dunbar, Gavin Douglas an David Lindsay but there wis mony mair o them that shoud be mynt an aw, sic as Alexander Scott.

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  1. Concise Scots Dictionary. Scottish Language Dictionaries. 2017. p. 146.
  2. "Scotland's new Makar" (Press release). Scottish Government. 16 Februar 2004. Archived frae the original on 15 Mairch 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2020.