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Ellisquhar(e, -quhair, adv. Also: -quhere; els quhair. [Northern ME. ellis-quare (c 1340), southern elleswher, -hware, OE. elles hwær.] Elsewhere. a1400 Leg. S. xxvi. 739.
I haf ado ellis quhare
?1438 Alex. ii. 1643.
He, that ellisquhere had his thocht, Gyrdit fast by
1513 Doug. vii. viii. 93.
The dyn was hard eik ellis quhar ful far
1587 Edinb. Test. XVIII. 60 b.
Guidis and geir … alsueill in the hous and buith as ellis quhair
1622-6 Bisset II. 213/17.
Quhalis and greit strowgeonis takin in the sea or ellisquhair within the realme
c1650 Spalding II. 56.
He … gois to the sea, sailling in one of the Kingis schippis about Holy Iland and els quhair

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"Ellisquhar adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 9 Dec 2023 <>



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