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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Leauch(e, Leuch(e, a. and adv. Also: lewch(e, lewach, leugh. [Later var. of Lauch.] Low. = Laich a. and adv. b. Leauche coit, ? = one hanging low, a long coat. c. To hald oneself lewche in hiding.(1) a1578 Pitsc. II. 38/3.
He consallit … [them] to draw thaim selffis to ane leuche place out of the Inglischemenis sight
Ib. 89/29.
I sall mak eassie passage to ȝone castell and mak the hiest stone the leuchest
(2) 1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 383.
The nethermaist south windois of the leuch tolbuith
1598 St. A. Kirk S. 865.
In his leuch chalmer within the hall
1605 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 41.
Ane … garneel in the leuche seller
1629 Douglas Bequest IV. 30 Mar.
That fore ludgeing vnder and abone contening hall chalmer and tua sellaris vnder or lewche buithis
1640 S. Leith Rec. 34.
For the use of an leauch seit in the church sumtym belonging to umquhill Bernard Lyndsay
(3) 1563–64 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 448.
For … glass to the saidis wyndowis, heiche and leuche
1643 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 100.
His distinct hous high and leugh with the haill parts and pertinents
(4) 1610 Rep. Hist. MSS., Varr. Coll. V. 116.
As for the bwreall … ye speir … quhat I think of … the lewach kirk
(5) adv. a1540 Freiris Berw. 515 (M).
Draw thy handis bayth in to thy sleif And pow thy coull leuche attour thy face
1600-1610 Melvill 141.
Pittenweim lyes leauche by Fyffs cost syd
b. 1569 Invent Q. Mary 185.
The Inventarie of the Maskyne Cleise … thre leauche coitis of crammasie satyn pyrnit with quheit, … vj leauche coittis of yellow satyne lynit with sum toige of siluer
c. a1578 Pitsc. II. 38/13.
The Scottismen lyghtit frome thair horse … and in the meane tyme held thame selffis lewche and quyit

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"Leauch adj., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Jul 2024 <>



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