About me

My name is Thomas Widmann. I was born in 1972 in Denmark as a German citizen, I lived in Scotland as a Danish citizen for 17 years, and I’m now living in Denmark as a New Scot.

I’m married to a beautiful Scottish woman called Phyllis Buchanan (see the photo on the right), and we have two wonderful daughters together, Anna and Amaia Buchanan-Widmann. The family also consists of Marcel, Charlotte and Léon – Charlotte remained in Scotland and Marcel has moved to London, but Léon is now at a Danish school like his wee sisters.

I hold an MA degree from Aarhus University in linguistics with Japanese and computer science with maths, and I also studied Georgian for a year at Tbilisi University.

In 2002 I got a job at Collins Dictionaries in Glasgow, which is where I met Phyllis.

In 2009 Phyllis and I set up a company together. It’s called Complexli and it offered computional, lexicographic and linguistic consultancy services.

In 2019 I moved to Funen to work as a senior consultant for the Danish Language Board.

As should be clear from this blog, I’m very interested in politics. I’m socially and economically liberal, I’m strongly pro-EU, and I support Scottish independence.