Scaffies Doric Scottish Word
Scaffie is a word common around Scotland and is often also spelt Scaffy. Scaffies translate from Doric to refuse and rubbish collectors, be they dustmen or women. The word origins are from the collection of garbage throughout the years when road sweepers and binmen were called scavengers. Through the decades this has been shortened and translated through Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to Scaffies.
The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.
Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.
I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.
Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.