It was a traditional dialect used for centuries by fisherfolk.
But yesterday it emerged that the language of Cromarty had finally died with the passing of its last speaker.
Bobby Hogg was the only person still fluent in the age-old tongue of the Black Isle and his death at the age of 92 means it will now exist only in audio recordings. . .
Some of the words in the dialect include:
Dialect Word English Meaning
ablach odd looking, awkward
amitan a fool
back flan down draught
baldie boats type of fishing boat that Cromarty men took to the lochs
bauchles old ill fitting shoes or slippers
beetyach a small knife for beeting (mending) nets
belligut a greedy person
belwar layers of tangles
bendin the place where two pieces of long-line are joined
bicht a turn taken by a boat when shooting the lines
bladyach sweet sounding
bladyach tang sweet tongue