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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hé gate, get, n. Also: gat, gait. [He adj. 3 b; Gate n.1, Get n.2 Cf. Heigait, hey gat, heygait s.v. Hey adj. (6), Hie gate n.] 1. A main road, a highway. 2. The highway through a town; the main street of the town, the High Street.(1) 1391 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 379.
the burn of Condoll vp to the hevid as the he gate strekis
1511–2 Wemyss Chart. 139.
Fra the … Coldene dene to the grit he gait one the est syd the colpottis
(2) 1479 Dunferm. B. Rec. 2.
His tennement liand on the sutht sid of the he gat
1541 Elgin Rec. I. 61.
William Malcolme wrangit calland William Ȝoung in the he get glangorit
1553 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 177.
All … occupyaris of buith or chalmeris in the he-gait, other heych or laych
1561 Inverness B. Rec. I. 59.
For his … fliting in commond he get
1573 Elgin Rec. I. 137.
Ane ruid of land … extendyng fra the Kyngis he get of the said brucht

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