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Col(e-heuch, Coil-, Coal-heuch, n. Also: huch, hugh, etc. [Cole n.1 4 and Coll n., Heuch n. (q.v. for forms).] A heugh or bank from which coal is dug; a coal-working or coal-pit. (a) In muris, in marras, … in pete-erde, in colehuch … and al vthir proffitis … that pertenis … til the forsaidez landis; 1414 Bk. Carlaverock II. 418.
Assedando dicto Geo. carbonarium seu le colehuch regis in Ardyngaith prope Linlithqw; 1488 Reg. Great S. 369/2.
The wrangwis … vptakin of the proffitis of the coleheuche of the said manis; 1489 Acta Conc. 115/1.
Ane continuale coleheuich liand and laubourit within the saidis boundis; 1501 Ib. MS. X. 169.
The coleheuch of Skeoch and landis pertenyn thairto; 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 232/1.
The cole, colehewis, canesalt, and pan malis of the Wester Wemys; 1520 Wemyss Chart. 144.
Geif the said Dauid … makis ony cost … apon the said colehewis, owther in durris, wynning, … or uthir expens; Ib. 145.
Peitis, turffis, colis, cole huchis; 1565 Rec. Earld. Orkney 279.
Now concerning your cole hugh (which decayed before I returned home from England … ), I do advyse yow to put it fordward againe; c 1620 Sutherland Corr. 363.
This year of God 1598 the cole-hugh was found besyd Broray … This cole-hugh wes first found be John, the fyfth of that name; Gordon Geneal. Hist. 237 (J).
The lands, houses, coales, cole-heugs [etc.]; 1671 Wemyss of Bogie MSS.
(b) Onerat se de xl s. de firmis de le Colhuch de termino Penthecostes; 1460 Exch. R. VII. 48.
The forsaide landys … wyth … colhewys, petis, tvrfis, mylnys [etc.]; 1461 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 362.
To the colyair at socht the collhewcht; 1503 Lanark B. Rec. 13.
To Andro Matheson, to the colheuch wynnyng in Falkland; 1505–6 Treas. Acc. III. 87.
I … feit ȝow to laubour in my colhuch; 1556 Prot. Bk. T. Dalrymple 43 b.
[The pursuers having promised that they] sould not … waist and destroy the saidis coillis and colhewis; 1600 Reg. Privy C. VI. 170.
All … peits, turves, colls, colheuches [etc.]; 1638 Aboyne Rec. 281.
(c) Geue it sall happin me or thaim to nocht optene coilis nor coill huchis nor wyn nan … in the said bondis; 1489 Prestwick B. Rec. 118.
The actione & cause persewit … tueching the wranguis occupacione … of ane coyle heucht in the said landis; 1517 Fife Sheriff Ct. 70.
Schir Iohnne Polwort, … greve of the coilheuch of the landis of Bonytoun; 1543 Reg. Privy S. III. 41/2.
The xl. s. land of Cragocht with the coilhucht of Ȝallowlie; c 1560 Crosraguel Chart. I. 154.
The foirsaid bailȝeis … ratefies and approwes the tak and assedatioune … maid be thame of coill and coilhewchis; 1584 Prestwick B. Rec. 80.
Dilatit of the casting of Jonet Archibald, hir awin barne, in ane coilheuch, of purpoise to haif drownit hir; 1590 Crim. Trials I. 186.
Bruce of Airth and certane other gentilmen quha has coilheuches win vpoun the Water of Forth; 1609 Conv. Burghs II. 270.
They quha sets fire in coilheuchis, vpon privat revenge and despit, commits treason; Skene Reg. Maj. 131 b.
Wattermen quho leaves & drawis watter in the coilhewghis; 1641 Acts V. 509/1.
attrib. Terrarum de Cowperland [in Stirlingshire] alias Coilhewchtburn nuncupatarum; 1568 Orkn. & Sh. Rec. I. 165.
Super monte carbonario lie coilheuchhill; 1611 Reg. Great S. 177/2.
(d) For the better punishment of the wicked crime of setting of fire in coale-heuches; 1592 Acts Jas. VI (1597) c. 146.
This impost and dewtie to be upliftit be the … awners of the coale-hewes and salt pannes; 1627 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 72.
The coal-heugh was in the lands perteining to the Lord Sommervil; Spotisw. Practicks 38.
That saxe pund land … with the coallis and coal-heuchis being within the saidis boundis; 1650 Glasgow Chart. II. 20.
The magistrats … discharge the coallheugh of Bonhard from furnisheing of the burgh of Linlithgow; 1669 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 98.
To … sett downe coalheughes, sinkes, eyes, levells, wayfaires … for wining and digging of coalls; 1675 Sutherland Chart. 206.

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