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Lug(e)in(g, Ludg(e)in(g, vbl. n. and n. Also: lug-, lwg-, lugg-; ludg-, lwdg-; loug-, lowg-, loudg-; luig-, luidg-, loodg- and -(e)in(g, -eng(e, -ying, -ine, -yn(e, -en(e, -ein(e, -eyn, and lugeȝoun, luggion, luegeing. [Sc. var. of Log(e)ing. Cf. also Lodging.]

1. a, b. To mak or tak (one's) luging: To encamp; to take up or have one's (temporary) abode, to lodge, sojourn; to find accommodation, take lodgings or sleeping-quarters.(1) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 56.
Thai … In fyre the house set, quhar thai twa Thare lugyne in the towne can ma
c1475 Wall. ix. 692.
In Barnan wod he had his lugyng maid
Brus iv. 494 (C). 1535 Stewart 15340.
Vpoun ane ley thair ludging syne thai maid
(2) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1832.
Sum in the barn, sum in the stak of corne Thair lugeing tuke and maid thair residence
c1475 Wall. iv. 75.
Schir Ranald … said ‘I will byde at the Mernys all nycht’; His luging tuk, still at the Mernys baid
Ib. v. 175. Ib. viii. 333.
Thre hundreth come. … Till Wallace raid, be his lugeyng was tayne
Ib. 570, etc. a1578 Pitsc. I. 281/9.
The earle of Angus … come pairtlie to the toune of Edinburgh togither with his kin and freindis … syne tuik his ludgeing for that night
(3) c1475 Wall. ix. 784.
Sewart … In Abyrnethy tuk lugyng that fyrst nycht
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4420.
Than Lady Sensualitie Tuke lugeing in that gret cetie Quhare scho sensyne hes done remane

c. (To be) at luging, in sojourn, resting overnight in camp or shelter, lodging for a night or for a period, staying more or less temporarily. 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 103.
To the wif that cryit on the King quhare the Erle of Sutherland was at lugeing
1505 Ib. III. 147.
To the wiffis quhair the King wes … tua nychtes at lugeing
1513 Doug. ix. iv. 59.
Sowpyt in wyne and sleip baith man and syre At quyet lugyng ȝondyr at thar will

d. (To receive a person) in (also to) luging or as a guest or lodger, to accommodate him, provide him with sleeping-quarters. Also, (to remain) in lugeing (with another), to be his guest or lodger, to lodge with him.(1) 1533 Bell. Livy I. 13/32.
Than Eneas was ressauit in lugeing with King Latyne
Ib. 190/21. 1589 Reg. Privy C. IV. 444.
Thair honnourable recueill … of his majestie … and accomoding of baith thair trynis in lugeing
1596 Dalr. II. 352/29.
About this tyme Normand Leslie … quyetlie cam to Scotland … quhilke quhen the Gouernour knew, he snibs all quha receivet him in lugeing
1601 Elgin Rec. II. 92.
That the hous quhairin Fermour the smyth duellis be attribut to the … use of the puir litle anis … and a womane socht out to duell thairin to ressaue thame thairin ilk nycht to loudging
(2) c 1563 Prot. Bk. G. Grote (S.R.S.) 48.
Patrik Huntar, chapman, [remained with them] continewalie at lugeing and biding at that nycht quhill on the morne nixt thair eftir

e. To go to luging, = b above. 15.. Clar. i. 769.
Then leuch the Earle and said … ‘Or I to luging went Ȝe me wnarmit contraire my intent’

f. Lugyng-place, dwelling-place. = sense 4. 1513 Doug. vi. viii. 95.
That notabil spows furth of hir lugyng place … al armour dyd arrace

2. Providing with sleeping quarters or temporary accommodation, accommodating, harbouring. 1494 Loutfut MS. 2 a.
The lugyng [Scrimȝeour louging] of the fechtaris
1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 110.
The auld statut maid for the ressayt and luging of strangaris
1533 Bell. Livy I. 12/9.
Two princis war in this ciete, Antenor and Eneas, quhom the Grekis, be richt of anciant lugeing [L. vetusti jure hospitii] nocht invadit with battall
1566-70 Buch. Comm. Virgil Æn. i. 730.
Hospitibus … dare iura, to haif the charge of ludgine
Ib. Æn. iii. 83. 1578 Conv. Burghs I. 59; 1612 Ib. II. 364.
That the houssis of the factour … sall be fre from ludging and incommotatioun of soldiouris
1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 510.
The cordiner chops presantly voyde … [to] be imployet to the resaving and lugeing of the puir littell aynes

b. ? Bestowing, placing in store (? in a ‘lodge’ (Luge n. 4 a) or storage-shed). 1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 473.
To ane mariner, ane dayis wage for luging of the greitt stanis

c. ? Berthing or docking (of a ship). 1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 257.
Gevin to Johnne Bertoun in compleit payment of the rest of his comptis maid in Falkland upoun the luiging of the Lyoun and the Unicorn and furnesing of utheris the Kingis schippis

3. Accommodation, overnight or for a period, for travellers, temporary residents or troops; sleeping-accommodation, lodging, shelter. Also plur.(1) a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 706.
Gret takin is the Antecrist drawis neire, Fast flokkis his forreouris grathand his luging
1492 Treas. Acc. I. 201.
The hayl exspencis of the justis ayre of Stirling … the justis clerkis nocht beand specifiit, bot thare lugein alanerly
1503 Acts II. 243/1 (see Luginnar n.). 1504 Treas. Acc. II. 429.
Payit for his lugeing in the toun and collacioun
1509 Justiciary Rec. (Reg. H.) II. 143.
That na lugeing nor stabillis be sett or takin be ony personis of derrer price nai thai war sett at uther justice airis obefor
1510 Crim. Trials I. i. 65. 1533 Boece ix. iii. 292.
Kenrike … constrenit German … all the stormy nycht apoun the plane but lugeyng remane
1535 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 409.
Payand … ȝeirlie … ane nychtis lugeing with supper and dynner to the bischop quhen it sall happin him to cum in the cuntre
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus ii. 387.(b) 1540 Lynd. Sat. 1243, 7.
In this land I can get na ludgeing, … I ȝow beseik … Gif me ludging
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus ii. 470.
I sit vpon this hie mon[tagne] … ; Out of this place to gude ludgeing meleid
1568 Buch. Indict. 36.
Gif other meit, drink or ludgeine wes preparit or appoyntet for hym
c1590 J. Stewart II. 207/33. 1622-6 Bisset II. 248/18. 1660 Ruthven Corr. 167.
We ar heere yet in garnason without anie thing, noe, not so much as ludging, except hopes
1668 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 249.(c) 1635 Dundonald Par. Rec. 399.
The … elders have interdytit … all the members of thair paroch to supplie strange beggars … in any sort of … meit, drink, loodging
(2) plur. 1491 Treas. Acc. I. 182.
To Downy Malwny to pas before to provyd his [the King's] lwgeingis be the way
1499–1500 Acta Conc. II. 361.
He was awand … for the lugeingis and expensis of the Duke of Yorkis folkis the time thai war in this cuntre
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 200/5.
Calphurneus … fand … the townis brynt be Scottis that na lugeingis suld remane to thair inimeis
1619 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 82.
Their was no ludgingis for them thair

b. (Permanent) accommodation, housing. 1596 Dalr. I. 98/8.
Thair castelis … ar scheiphouses and luges [etc.] … ; marg. quhat lugeng thay haue

4. concr.The place in which a person stays temporarily or resides permanently; one's sleeping-quarters, resting-place, or lodgings; one's abode, dwelling-place, or residence. Also plur. in sing. sense.To have one's luging, to dwell (in a certain place).b. With the name of a prominent person or official in the possessive, to designate the house, whether owned by him, rented, or otherwise provided, in which he resides or has resided when in town; also similarly designating a burgh minister's manse.(1) c1475 Wall. xi. 384.
The Inglismen passyt to Craufurdys place, Fand in the bern the lugeyng off Wallace
Ib. 444. Brus vi. 1 (C). a1497, 15.. Gray MS. vi. 81.
Beseke God and our lady deir Quhilk sall thé sone to succour send And with thaim be thi lugin lend
a1500 Lanc. 890. 1495 Treas. Acc. I. 267.
To Dauid Caldwell to the grathing of his chalmeris in his [sc. Warbeck's] lugyng in the toune [of Stirling]
1501 Ib. II. 104. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 479.
All my luffaris lele my lugeing persewis
1513 Doug. iii. ii. 43.
Quhidder wilt thou, fader, at we now wend? Quhar sall we set our lugyng to remane?
Ib. iv. iii. 14.
I knaw thou … held the lugyng [L. domos] suspek … Of our renownyt hie burgh of Cartage
Ib. i. ix. 88, ii. x. 129, xi. 126, etc. 1515 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 157. 1533 Treas. Acc. VI. 152.
For the saidis ambassatouris belcheir in tua sindrie lugeingis xls.
1534 Acts Sederunt i. 21.
Of the resettaris and harbriaris in thair lugeingis of strangearis and vtheris of that secte
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3427, 5335. 1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 260. 1560 Inverness Rec. I. 43.
To cum to the lugyn quhar his wyf is
a1568 Bann. MS. 23 a/21.
Cum Lord and in our lugeing lowt
1568 Skeyne Descr. Pest 19.
Perfumand also al claithis in priuat lugeingis with the reik of sandal [etc.]
1568–9 Dumfries B. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 173.
That na persone pretend to cum furth of his awin lugeing with menstrallis … efter nyne houris at nycht
1570 Wemyss Chart. 200.
Schir William … beand in his luggeing, ane seruand of the laird … cum to his said luggeing
1572 Buch. Detect. 40. 1578 Prot. Bk. J. Scott MS. 57.
Sex standing beddis of aik … now standing in sindrie housis of my lugeȝeoun within the said abbay
1596 Dalr. II. 443/21.
In quhilk title fra thair lyuenges, lugengis and palices tha kaist the Bischopis of Dunkelde, Dunblane [etc.]
1600 Crim. Trials II. 150.
[Gowrie] ruschit … to the ȝet of his lugeing
(b) 1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 42.
That he tak all his gndis furth of the luigeing he duelt in and haif the samyn to the place quhar he purposis to duell in
1550 Reg. Privy C. I. 105.
That thai cum to Monsuier Termes luegeing [sc. in Holyroodhouse]
(c) c 1556 Corr. M. Lorraine 442.
I past with glasinwrychtis and sklaitaris … throch your grace louging [in Edinburgh] quhilk is ewill brokin
a1586 Lindsay MS. 10.
Quhen the knychtis ar past to thair lougeing thay sall … wech thair faces [etc.]
(d) 1560 Rolland Seven S. 6995.
Ane new ludgeing to haue at the towre syde, Quhair I micht be and at ȝour bidding byde
Ib. 8737.
Sa the stewart to Lodwik did assing That ilk chalmer was Alexanders ludgeing
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 12, 98. 1569-73 Bann. Memor. 117. a1578 Pitsc. I. 294/30. 1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 653, 9.
To tell all ludgene whair he lay, And ay on be the brek of day, Wald be ower langsome … , Bot yit the menstrallis … About his ludgene loudlie played
1596 Dalr. II. 351/17.
In a priuat ludgeng of the Gouernouris
1600-1610 Melvill 535.
Commandit to keip his ludgein
1641 Household Bk. M. Stewart 49.(e) 1569–70 Soc. Ant. VI. 52.
The geir that was in my lordis luidgen in Edinburch
(f) 1636 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 55.
To conveene … in the said Lord Priuie Seales loodging
(2) 1513 Doug. viii. iii. 63.
Cum furth … And entyr in our lugyngis [1553, lugeing; L. nostris succede penatibus] thé to rest Quhar thou salbe ressauyt welcum gest
a1578 Pitsc. I. 283/6.
Schir Patrick … ruschit out rudlie of thair ludgeingis and passit into the hie gait
(3) 1513 Doug. vi. iv. 79.
Befor the porch … Lamentatioun and wraikfull thochtis fell thar lugyng had
b. 1491 Treas. Acc. I. 179.
To the Spanȝeartis that dansyt before the King on the cawsay of Edinburgh before the Thesauraris lwgeing
1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 35.
That Patrik Gowanlok fleschour duelland in the Abbot of Melros lugying within this toune … had ressauit strangearis in his lugying
1552–3 Ib. 274. 1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 143.
I being occupyit with the preparatioune of the cardinalis luging for the bankit [to the Queen]
1574–5 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 37.
The cran vpoun the kirk riging to … be bestowit vpoun the wark of the ministerris lugeing
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 299.
Thir ar the houssis that wer distroyit … , to wit, … the erle of Maris now present regent lugeing in the Kowgait, Mr Johne Prestonis in the Frierwynd, Dauid Kinloch baxteris house in Dalgleisch clos, … and Mr Dauid McGill his lugeing in Francis Tennentis clois
1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 341.
That … the nichtbouris convene on Setterday … at the provests lugeing
1688 Bk. O. Edinb. C. XXVII. 152.
The vault below the Lady Arroll's ludgen

c. A separate dwelling-place or apartment within a larger house or building. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 99/28.
The king of hevin … maid him ane nobile palace and mony nobile lugynis thar in
1631 Misc. Spald. C. II. lxxxvii.
Whither the same [office of High Constable] doeth import the libertie and right of a ludgeing deulie furnished and appointed within the Kings house … or of ane house in euerye toun where the King did remayne

d. The place where an animal spends the night; its lair or retreat. 1513 Doug. vii. viii. 37.
Our all the woddis wald he [a hart] raik ilk day, And at evin tide return hame the strecht way Till hys lugyng weilbekend, fute hait
c1536 Lynd. Compl. Bagsche 114.
I was that na man durst cum neir me, Nor put me furth of my lugeing
1549 Compl. 43/28.
Kyng Amphion vas verray solist to keip his scheip, and at euyn quhen thai past to there faldis, scheip cottis and ludgens, he playt befor them on his harpe

5. A dwelling, a house for living in as opposed to an out-house or the like; a residential building. Also plur. in collective sense.Sometimes one specified as belonging to a certain owner or landlord, whether he or another is the occupier.(1) c1420 Wynt. i. 822.
In to the Yndys Se … Snaylys gret ar fundyn ay And men thare makys of thare schelle Lugyngys gret for tyll in duelle
c 1480 Lindores A. 413.
The luging of Sainct Andros set in feu to Johne Brownehill, … The Abbotis luging in Falkland
1513 Doug. iv. v. 158.
Eneas foundand towris he gan aspy And garrand beild new lugyngis byssyly
Ib. vii. vii. 117.
Armour all wytles in his bed sekis he, Armour our all the lugyng law and hie
Ib. ii. vi. 26, iii. ii. 107, xiii. vi. 43. 1533 Boece viii. xiv. 283 b.
Wallis of grete lugeingis and small with tapestrye war hungin
Ib. xiv. xi. 563 b.
Quhare … thay biggit ane faire lugeing nemmyt Scotland, as ȝeit … may be sene in Antwarpe
Ib. iv. xii. 144, vii. xii. 245 b. 1550 Reg. Privy S. IV. 120/1.
The maillis and deuities of the lugeing and tenyment of land … within the burgh of Edinburgh … quhilk lugeing pertenit to umquhile Gawyne archbischop of Glasqw as ane pairt of the temporalite thairof
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 218.
[The Council] hes tane fra Johne Betoun … the haill luging lyand at the fute of the Blakfreir wynd … to be thair grammer scole … for xvj li. of male … and als thai to vphauld the said luging watter teicht
1556 Melrose Reg. Rec. III. 217. 1558 Prot. Bk. Sir A. Gaw 45.
[Two men compelled him] to pas to ane lugeyn wyth thame
1560 Stirling B. Rec. I. 75.
The provest … hes assignit … to Johne Duncansone, mynister, that luggion and hous quhilk pertenis to the bruicht and wes occupijt befor be master Alexander Chalmer
1563 Montgomery Mem. 198. 1569 Canongate Ct. Bk. 13. 1571 Yester Writs 213. 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 258. 1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 349. 1597 Crim. Trials I. ii. 492. 1600 Ib. II. 149.
To gang with him to the gallerie chalmer of the said lugeing
(b) 1533–4 Melville Chart. 74.
The lard … gart ane boy turs his jak and steill bonatt to the tovne of Kircaldy, wythin Alexander Balcankill luigyng
1537–8 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 215.
The new wyndois of the ald luiging
1580 Prot. Bk. J. Scott MS. 88.
Theise twa housis ennow and outtow with the loft on the foir stair of that his luiging and tenement
1585 Ib. 1 b.
Margaret Reidis baikhousis and ane of hir luigeing … was brint
(c) 1535 Stewart 44637.
Quhen that the flude … Richt mony ludging law buir to the ground
1551 Hamilton Cat. 146.
Quhat citie was he borne in, and in quhat ludgin of the citie?
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 228.
The maist parte of the best and maist honest ludingis houssis and biggingls … wer halelie brynt and distroyit
1560 Ib. III. 62. 1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 498.
Of the haill ludgeing, walles and uther, thair is na thing left unruinated
1568 Buch. Indict. 36.
To the end the King suld not swyt the ludgene
1596 Dalr. II. 436/3.
And the heich lugengs and heich houses, all fair ludgeng, tha blew al vp
1597 Acts IV. 155/2.
The said abbay ludgeing girnellis office housis [etc.]
1600 Ib. 204/1.
The … haill company past furth at the foirȝett of the ludgeing
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1804) 9.
He was placit in a desert ludging near the wall … of the toun
Ib. 147.
At the ludgings [sc. in Stirling] chosen men were plantit to ding up durris and bring out prisoneris
1650 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 483.
And the cairt being stopit when it cam befor the ludging wher the Chancelour, Argyle and Warriston sat
1653 J. Hope Diary (1919) 161. 1656 Peebles B. Rec. II. 38. 1663 McDowall Dumfries App. 143.
The great ludging or pallace in Drumfreis
1668 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 51. 1669 Salmon Borrowstounness 90.(d) c 1570 Lindores A. 424.
The greit luidging in Perth yeirlie ten pound, the luidging in the watir gaitt … , the fore luidging
1656 Douglas Bequest IV. 16 Feb.
To have full and frie … access to the said luidging and tenement
(e) c 1556 Corr. M. Lorraine 442.
I have conducit with ane honest … sklaitar that sall beit the hail louging
1593 Edinb. Test. XXVI. 62 b.
Thir thingis wes done in James Robertsonis lowgeing
(f) 1558-66 Knox II. 325.
And so was convoyed by certane of his friends to the loodgeing of the Kirk of Feild
a1651 Calderwood II. 343.
[They] could by no meanes gett the keyes of the loodging. The pretence of choosing this loodging was the wholesomnesse of the aire
(2) plur. 1513 Doug. xii. viii. 71.
The swallow … fleand … Our the gret lugyngis of sum myghty heir
1543 Reg. Morton II. 289.
To permute ane plesand palice … with hummill and sober lugeingis with diverse incommoditeis and displesouris
1607 Edinb. Test. XLIII. 306.
This was don in the said Dauid Cardrochis bak chalmer in his ludgins

Applied specifically to b. a house which the owner lets out to visitors or temporary residents for rent, and c. one used as a lodging- or boarding-house or inn for travellers.b. 1527 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 115.
Quhairfor he chargit … the nychtbours … that nayne of tham satt thair luggenis and husis to na maner of man quhill the Kingis furiouris cum that the townn may knaw quhat lordis and men of guid cumis with him and thairefter the luggenis and innis ma be sett to tham … to ilk man efter his awin estat
1550 Reg. Privy C. I. 95. 15.. Clar. iii. 312.
He … baid his companie, The fairest luging … Of all the toun, and thair harberie take
1575 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 44.
The … counsale vnderstanding the Lord Lindesay … to be dissolat of ane ludginge … ordane ane of the baillies … to tak for his lordship the ouer ludging pertenyng to maister Johne Abercrummy
15.. Crawford Mun. Invent. II. 56.
I haif spoken for ane luging of Mr. Henrey Lauderis
Ib. 57.
Your lordship neidis nocht till bring nocht till that luging except fyr weschell pewder weschell and naprey, the rest therof that concernis the luging wil be furneist
c. 1570 Leslie 221.
And suddantlie he and his servant … departed at ane back duire of the ludgeing
a1578 Pitsc. I. 343/26.
Quhen the King of Scotland lichtit at the ludging and place quhair lord William remanit for the tyme
Ib. /33.
The oistler of the lwdging
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 987.
In everie ludgene whair he wald licht Taking his leive without gud nych[t]
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xlviii. 264.
Becaus that we wer nevir thair afore, We tuke the ludging nerest to the shore
1620 Grant Chart. 323.
To the tounes pyper who come in eftir supper to the ludgeing to play
1664 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 503.
For a coatch for the graith frome to [sic] the loudgeing in Westminster
Ib. 515.
To poore people at the loudging

d. Attrib. with -loun (= servant). 1696 Foulis Acc. Bk. 194.
To Thomas Smith a ludgine loun for helping the snecks at the rid walk and gallerie

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