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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Col(e-, Coil-pot, n. Also: collpot, colpoitt, coilpott, coillpot; col-, coilpat. [Cole n.1 4, Coll n., Pot n. (with later variant pat).] A coal-pit.(a) 1511–2 Wemyss Chart. 139.
Fra the … Coldene dene to the grit he gait one the est syd the colpottis
1543 Carta Northberw. 64.
Patrik Fowlar band and oblist hym … that he sall vin ane colpot to George Sempill
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1809.
Quhen in the colpots of Tranent Butter will grow on brume
1561 Reg. Dunferm. 446.
The colpoitt of Wallyfurd
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 281.
Young wemen … casting thair new borne babes in filthie priuets, vthers in colpots, and in vther secret places
(b) 1559–60 Treas. Acc. XI. 14.
To Williame Barrie, messinger, passand … to Elphingstoun cole pottis, thair to caus all the colis to be brocht to Leith
(c) 1540 Lynd. Sat. 1809 (B).
In the coillpottis of Tranent
1584 Acts III. 322/2.
All and haill the said lord Synclaris coilpot in Dysert
1598 Reg. Great S. 266/1.
More de Culros, … cum privilegio effodiendi li coilpottis
1641 Peebles Gleanings 239.
The caryaris of coillis from his coilpot to this burgh

b. Attrib. with burn, hill, hole, mure, wyndar. 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 262.
The regentis horsmen past and brak all colpat wyndaris … , sua that the said burgh should not be servit in elding
1583 Reg. Great S. 294/2.
Reddendo … 32 onera carbonum lie hors laidis at the collpot-hill
1585 Reg. Privy C. III. 744.
[The house lately demolished] upoun the coilpott mure of Pittinweyme
1599 Reg. Privy C. VI. 22.
He … band him hand and fute, … kaist and hang him in ane deip coilpathoill
1602 Reg. Great S. 473/1.
Fra that south and ascendant be the said den to the Coilpot-burne

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