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South-half, n. Also: southt-, soucht-, sowth-, sowtht- and -halfe, -halff(e, -halve, also, south-, sowthalf. [ME suð half (Layamon), southhalf (c1290), OE súðhealf.] On (the) south-half ((of) a place), on the southern side, to the south of. b. On south halue, the country lying to the south of the Forth (cf. some quots. in (2) above). c. In the southern part or quarter of.(1) 1375 Barb. viii 37.
On the south halff [sc. of the ford] … Is ane wpgang
(2) 1398 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 38.
Tha Scottis borne men … sal … mak residence on southalf the Watir of Tyne
c1420 Wynt. viii 4612.
On sowth-halffe the Scottis Se
1437 Reg. Dunferm. 285.
We have deliverit to the said abbot … als mekil land liand on the south half thar oxgang
1439 Edinb. Chart. 64.
Within the barony of Restalrig, on soucht halfe the vatir
1473 Treas. Acc. I 48.
To Richy Blith passand with sic like preceptis on south halue Forth
1487 Reg. Paisley 272.
To oure justicis on southalf the watter of Forth
1488 Reg. Paisley 273.
b. 1473 Treas. Acc. I 43.
To Schetho … passande with lettres on Southhalue
c. 1460 Peebles B. Rec. I 135.
Our landis … lyand … betuex the waterys on the swtht half of our sayd burgh, quhylkis is callyt our Commwn Halch

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