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Bruch, Brugh, Brucht, n. Also: bruche, brwch; brughe, bruighe, (brug, brucgh, bruchg,); brwcht, brught. [Variant, by transposition of r, of Burch. See also Broch and Brouch.]

1. A borough.(a) 1517 Reg. Privy S. I. 457/1.
Our said burch of Wigtoun, and … our mercatis of our said bruch
1526 Liber Aberbr. 456.
Wythin the brwch of Aberdeyn
1534 Soc. Ant. II. 390.
The said personis poindit … wythin the bruche
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1795.
Baith in bruch and land
1556 Inverness B. Rec. I. 2.
Ane of the officiaris of the bruch of Innernes
1571 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 395.
Baillies and burgesses of the bruch of Rattray
1589 St. A. Kirk S. 648.
Alsweill in bruche as land
1591 Douglas Chart. 299.
[To] remove him selff furth of the bruche of Dundie
1606 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 84.
That naine … swild weir wapins invaseiff within the brwch
1638 Ellon Presb. 132.
To colleges, bruches and presbyteriall seatts
1644 Wemyss Corr. 90.
At the bruche of Aberdin
1660 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 191.
His charge of the ministerie within this bruche
(b) 1481 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 335.
Nane nychtbur duelland within the said brugh
1562 Inverness B. Rec. I. 98.
Vtoutht the bruchg
1569 Grant Chart. 140.
Commond court clark of the … brugh of Elgin
1592 Fam. Innes 162.
For … huirting of my face with in the brughe of Edinburghe
1641 Peebles B. Rec. 107.
In the commoun mwire and mossis of the said brugh
1645 Irvine Mun. II. 59.
The magistrats … who actit for their brucghs in the lyk mater
1659 Ib. 80.
All lands … belonging to the said bruighe
1678 Ann. Banff I. 158.
The pryces of all schoes maid within the … brug
1688 Hawick Arch. Soc. (1868) 36/1.
Two … sworne burleymen of the said town and brughe
(c) 1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 20.
The tuay acris of land of our brucht of Kethik
1547 Ib. 44.
With all … fredomes of brught in baronye
1554 Chart. Holyrood 293.
Our said brwcht of the Cannogait
1570 Montgomery Mem. 205.
The contract maid … at the brucht of Irwin
1595 Lanark B. Rec. 110.
That na drukin folk, … be fund … in brught in nycht
1641 Acts V. 627/2.
The samen [fines] to apply to the vse of the foirsaid brucht
1665 Conv. Burghs III. 581.
The brught of Innernes
1686 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 307.
The magistrats … of the said brucht

b. Attrib. with ȝet (gate). 1522 Stirling Antiq. IV. 218.
Iohn Clark … sal cause to mend to the gud toun in sa far as he hes faltit in the brekin of the bruch ȝet

2. A ring or halo. 1624 Misc. Abbotsf. C. I. 138.
The said Margaret … sawe ane cuming vp the burne, and ane blak bruche about hir

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