Scothern is a small village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated north-east from the county town of Lincoln, and has approximately 900 inhabitants (892 according to the 2001 Census).
The neighbouring villages of Sudbrooke, Dunholme, Nettleham and Welton have been redeveloped over recent years, with the addition of new housing estates, however, Scothern remains substantially unchanged.
Scothern is an ecclesiastical parish in the Diocese of Lincoln. The parish church on Church Street, dedicated to St Germain, is a Grade II* listed building. There is a village war memorial, dedicated to the soldiers from the village who died in the World Wars.
Scothern can trace its name at least as far back as the fifteenth century, when it was listed in church records as Sconethorne, an early reference to the local scone, made from local wheatflour and saffron. Up to the mid seventeenth century an annual festival took place on the village green to celebrate the scone, and Scothern's then links with the saffron growing areas of Essex, (notably Saffron Walden). Since that time, which coincides with the time at which the Marfleet family (from whom the original Saffron recipe derived) left the area, following the great famine of 1624, the festival has ceased to be observed. A crocus symbol can still be seen high up in the tower of the church.
The village cricket club, formed in 1965, has teams competing at all youth levels. Senior sides on Saturday and Sunday compete in county league and cup competitions, while two midweek sides compete in the Lincoln and District Midweek League. Scothern Players amateur dramatics society typically perform twice a year.
There is a coffee shop and a small garden centre in the village; its post office closed in March 1999. The local St Lukes nursing home holds up to 30 patients. Scothern's public house, the Bottle and Glass, was featured in The Telegraph in March 2008, when Prince William visited the pub for cider and a pie with his friends from the Red Arrows. Recent developments at the pub, and possible redevelopment of land currently occupied by the parish church, has caused local concern, and a consideration that the village could become a conservation Area.