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Bog, n. Also: bogg(e, boge, boig, boag. [Gaelic bog (in compounds as bog-bhuine, bog-luachair bulrush), also bogach, boglach, f. bog soft. Also in e.m.E. (16th c.) from Irish.] A bog, mire.(a) 1208–18 Liber Calchou 81.
Ad nigrum vadum quod est in bog & per matricem sicam in bog vsque ad Elwaldisgate
1359 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 716.
Omnes terras nostras … del Harebogge et del Blakeboggys [in Garioch]
c1420 Wynt. i. 401.
Belyde boggys than out brystyd
c1475 Wall. vi. 638.
To Rops Bog he gert serwandis it lede
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 31.
Birkin bewis about, boggis and wellis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. li. 15.
He barkis lyk ane midding tyk, War chassand cattell through a bog
1517 Reg. Great S. 27/1.
Cum silvis et le boggis
Cum silvis, le parkis et boggis
1549 Compl. 38/25.
Beystis that … past besyde burnis & boggis on grene bankis to seik ther sustentatione
1681 Colvil Whig's Suppl. i. 57.
To fight your foes, when they were sent, They alwayes took the bog a-sclent
(b) 1478 Acta Aud. 78/2.]
[The gudis … in the Boighaw
1547 Elgin Rec. I. 90.
The wrangus cutting of … grein woid out of the boge of Mayn
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2522.
Thairfoir he spairit nouther busk nor boig
1618 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 370.
Ascendand vp throw the Colyeane boig as it is pottit throw the said boig
1649 Rep. Milne Home MSS. 99.
[Driving] the ky keepit be him the heaway by the said … boagis of Eymouth thair to pasture
1680 Foulis Acc. Bk. 44.
I have agreed with James Smith … to mow the boig
1699 Ib. 259.
The hay in the boig

b. Attrib. with dike, end, mill, side. Also bog mine, bog ore. 1374 Reg. Great S. (1814) 136/2.
Terras de Lochlebogsyd
1417 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 249.
Fyve rude of land liand … enentis the bogside
1492 Reg. Cupar A. I. 241.
Our bog myl within our grange of the Kers
1511 Prestwick B. Rec. 43.
Annentis Sandy Wyleis dyk, the inquest fyndis that it was nocht lachtfull at the bogend
1535 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 187.
Thar mur of Brechyn bowndand fra that murefald dyk to the boig dyk
1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III. 151.
Taking boig myne wheresoever it may be found
Ib. 152.
Suche persons within whois bounds there is anie boig myne

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