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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Kirkȝard-dyk(e, n. Also: kyrk-; -yard-, -ȝaird-, -yaird-, -yeard-; and -dik, -dike, -dyik, -deik, -deyk. [Dyke n. 2.] The enclosing wall of a churchyard. = Kirk-dyk(e. 1489 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 13.
John Orok of the sklathous one kyrkyard dik
1564 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 189.
To caus … mend the sloppis of the over kirk yaird dike
1569 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 88.
Ane bowall on the south syd of the said kirk ȝard dyk
1597 Acts IV. 131/1.
[They] ordanis that all parochineris … build and repair the kirkȝard dyikis of thair awin paroche kirk … to the heich of twa ellis
1611 Fife Synod 23.
The kirk-yaird deykis weill intertenit
1650 Strathbogie Presb. 137. 1653 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 262.
All these wha pretendit to have any lair at the kirkyaird dyk

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