from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. (noun) Scots. A poet.
Edwin Morgan is a living legend and what better way to celebrate his work than by encouraging a new audience to enjoy the Scots Makar's work on Burns Night.
When the award-winning poet and playwright Liz Lochhead was named Scotland’s new Makar (Scotland’s national poet) this week, she said she was 'as delighted as I am surprised by this enormous honour, which I know I don't deserve'.
In the hour-long service, friends and colleagues of Morgan, who died last week aged 90, read several of the Makar’s poems, while saxophonist Tommy Smith improvised a jazz lament to Morgan’s poem Wolf.
'Makar' comes from the Middle English and is a variant of 'maker.'