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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pete-, Peit-, Pait(t)-stane, n. Also: pate-, peat(t)and -stean, -ston(e. [Of uncertain derivation. See also Pettis-stane.SND conjectures that the first element is connected with Pete n.1, ‘applied to various objects which resemble a peat in shape or colour’.]

A peat-stone.‘One of the stones in the gable-end of a house where wall meets roof and on which the coping stones rest, a skew-corbel or -table, a spur-stone … ; also applied to the coping-stones themselves; the keystone of an arch’ (SND, s.v. Peat n.1 6 (2)). 1529 Edinb. Guild Ct. 29 April.
With the pete stane put on be the said Mongo
1553 Crail B. Ct. MS. 31 July.
It sall be lesum to … draw the pettis stannis of this sammyne and that the pate stannis … to be sayt apon the meyd gawyll
1569 Ib. 20 Oct.
The said James sall … sett the pait stanis in the myddis of the foirsaid gawill and table stanes vpoun the thak of the said Robert hows
1585 Burntisland B. Ct. 6 April.
And absoluis him simpliciter fra the brochit paitt stonis [etc.]
1589 Edinb. Archit. Assoc. Trans. IX. 130.
And the said port to be erectit als heich … as … the peatt-stone of the geilse [sic] of the … tenement
1591 St. A. B. Ct. 31 Dec.
Peat steanis
1617 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II. 233.
For penting of the … peit steanis of his hous
1622 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 147.
To the querriouris and horsemen for leading and winning of xlii peit stanes
Ib. 148.
Peit stanes to the abbay for to be coostis and pend to my Lord Maris oven
1636 Kirkcaldy Presb. 102.
For … stanes to be … peatstanes to the high chalmer
1639 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 404.
Peitstanes at iii s. the peice
1694 Elgin Rec. II. 409.
And hewen peatt stons on the gabills

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