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Pete-, Peit-pot(e, -pott, n. Also: pet-, peat- and -poit, -poat. [Pete n.1 and Pot(t n.2 1 c.] A ‘pot’ or hole from which peats have been dug; also, the right to dig such holes. Also comb. with -hole.(1) c1420 Wynt. viii. 3172.
He … hyd thame [plough-irons] in a pete-pot [W. petpot, C. pete pote] all
a1500 Henr. Fab. 828 (Ch.).
He … with the corps vnto ane peitpoit gais Of watter full
1549 Elgin Rec. I. 98. 1575 Reg. Privy S. VII. 33/1.
[Andrew Donald] maist odiouslie … drownit himself in a peitpot
1582 Reg. Privy C. III. 506.
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 277 (T). a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 1745.
Ye are out of the myre and in the peit pot
1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 228.
At the … foot whereof the ground wes mossie & full of peit pots
1632 Lanark B. Rec. 319.
1670 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 222.
Peit poats
1674 Kingarth Par. Rec. 97. 1532 Wemyss Chart. 154.
The profittis of the … hale mure … [i.e.] gres, pasturing of catell, hedder, petpot, turf and duvat [etc.]
(2) comb. 1580 Rep. Milne Home MSS. 51.
Passand … to the west syde of the peitpothoillis be ane auld cast

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