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(Kale-,) Kailȝard, n. Also: kaile-, kaill-, keell-, keal-, keill-, kell- and -yard(e, ȝaird(e, -yaird, -ȝeard, -yeard. [Kale n.; Ȝard(e n. Cf. cal-, cailȝard, Cale n. 3.] A cabbage-garden, kitchen-garden. b. Attrib. with dyke.(a) 1568 Prot. Bk. T. Lindsay 159 b.
The said hous, kailȝard, dairk of peittis
1621 Black Bk. Taymouth 353.
That … householderis … haive kailyeardis with sufficient dykis
1643 Banff Ann. I. 89.
[Persons] quho have neither peit stak nor kaill yeard bot live … vpone vther menis guidis
1655 Inverness & Dingw. Presb. 268.
The superstitious abuses vsed on St. Johnes day by burneing torches through thair cornes [etc.] … and thaire-efter fixing thair staicks in thair kaileyeards
1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 148.
Isabel Murray, … coming home from the church … to visit her house and kail-yeard, for fear vagrant cows had come over the dyke
1702 Foulis Acc. Bk. 303.
The old hayhouse and kaillyard at the end of the house he duells in
(b) 1653 Cramond Alves Ch. 17.
William Keres house, the kell yaird and remnand ground thereabout
1668 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 227.
The thrid part of the cabbadge or kell yeard yearly
1672 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 283.
The said new designit buriall place by the said Quakers … which wes befor ane kellyard
1672 M. Bruce Rattling Dry Bones 30.
He … will neither want cotte-house nor keal-yard
1693 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II. 558 (17 Apr.).
[The dwelling house ...] with the keell yeard att the baak off the byer
 b. attrib. 1607 (1610) Reg. Great S. 150/1.
Oure Lady well, situat. ad angulum lie kailyaird dyke per And. Denune … occupat.
1674 Forbes Baron Ct. 297.
That all tennentis … sall keip guid nighbour heid in speciall for bigging of keillȝaird dykis

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