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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pleuch-hede, -(h)eid, n. Also: pleugh-, plewghead. [North. ME. plogheued (1453–4), e.m.E. ploghe hede (Cath. Angl.), ploughe hedde (1523).] a. A wooden frame to which the share of a plough was fixed; the share-beam of a plough; a ploughhead. b. ? In Kirkcudbright, applied to a unit of landmeasurement (? = half a plough-land.: cf. Pleuch-stilt n. 2). —a. c1500-50 Pleugh-Song in 1562-92 Wode's Psalter (ed.) 241.
1632 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II. 450.
1664 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 102.
[For a] pleugheid sheth and harow taynes
b. 1665 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 172.
[The] pleughead [and Maines of Barscraich]
1668 Ib. 362.
[Tack of the half of the] plewghead [and Maines of Barscraich]

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