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Hawk, Hauk, n. Also: hauke, (hauc,) hauck, hak, hake. [ME. hawke, hawck, hauke, hauck, early havek, OE. hafoc, heafoc. See also Halk n.] A hawk.Occurs in early place-names as Hawkeschaws (c 1320), Haucsland (1379), Haukheid (1405), Haukhirst (1457).(a) 1456 Hay I. 58/29.
All the tame bestis, as hundis and haukis
c1563 Reg. Panmure I. xxxv.
The hauk brak his winge on ane dyk
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 178.
Viracke, who went out with ane haucke or meryellone
1687 Cromarty Corr. I. 54.
Your hauck is very good
(b) 1536 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 29.
Conwaying of certane hundis and hakkis to the Kyngis grace
1653 Edinb. Test. LXVII. 10.
Fourtene velvot hoodes for haks

b. Attrib. with house, money, nest. ?1549 Monro W. Isles 137.
Ane ile … , twa myle in lenthe, with a hake nest in it
1661 Lamont Diary 174.
That uselese rowme formerly called the Hawck howse
1693 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II. 489.
[26 dollars of] hauk [money which was due out of the barony of Kirkennan]

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