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Stany, adj. Also: stanie, staany, stainey, stony, stonie, stonnie, (stani, staney, stainni) . [ME and e.m.E. stani (?c1230), stoni (a1250), stany (c1325), stoony (Wyclif), stony (Prompt. Parv.), stonie (1565), stoney (1695), OE stániᵹ; Stan(e n.]

1. a. Abundant in stones; characterised by stone or stones. Also fig.Chiefly in place-names and in Nisbet after Purvey.(1) 1165–82 Reg. Episc. Glasg. I 29.
A Staniford usque ad Crucem
1219–33 Barrow Anglo-Norman Era App. C. 202.
c1230 Liber Calchou 65.
Et in transuersum usque stanilawes
?c1250 Liber Dryburgh 76.
1325 Coll. Aberd. & B. 197.
Sic ambulando … quousque peruenerunt apud le Stanyfurd
1325 Reg. Episc. Glasg. I 234.
Robertus de Stanipeth
1376 J. B. Johnston Place-names of Scotland s.v. Stoneyhaugh.
1454 Exch. R. V 659.
De duabus terciis … de Stanywod
1561 Reg. Dunferm. 434.
1597 Edinb. Test. XXXI 75b.
William Weir in Stanyburne
1628 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 310.
Andro Fraser of Stainniwode
1660 (1663) Reg. Great S. 269/1.
[The] Little Maynes [of Johnstoune, with … the farm called] the Stanie Mailing
(2) c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. xiii 20.
Bot this that is sawne on the stany [P. stony] land, this it is that heris the word of God
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Mark iv 5. c1520-c1535 Nisbet Acts xxvii 27.
fig. 1596 Dalr. II 6/11.
Of this is euident … that the lyues of kings and princes euir hand amang stanie and slidrie places

b. Consisting of stone. 1684 Fawside Coal Compt 134a.
For stonie stoupes biging £2

c. fig. Insensible, unfeeling, as if of stone. 1600-1610 Melvill 649.
Cannot but perce the most stainey heart

d. comb. Stony blinde, = Stane-blind adj. c1590 Fowler I 39/73.
The man is stony blinde that can not see the sun

2. Consisting of or resulting from morbid concretions in the kidneys, etc., esp. stonie grauell. b. ? Of urine: Containing concretions of a like sort. c. In a place-name: Abundant in, characterised by testicles (Stan(e n. 16 c).(a) c1500 Rowll Cursing 61 (M).
The stany wring
(b) 1581-1623 James VI Poems I 158/857.
The stonie grauell doth the neares On other part inuade
1658 Cramond Ch. Alves 35.
Collected for a boy … to be cutted in the stonnie gravell
1681 Cramond Ch. Grange 39.
Debursed to a woman cutted in the stonie gravell £1
1686 Bonckle Kirk S. 86.
A poor widow with 5 orphans, one whereof laboures of the stony gravell
b. 1500-1699 Herbarius Latinus Annot. (Bot.).
Vring black & lycht & stonie
c. 1531 Bell. Boece II 340.
The place quhare thay war geldit is callit yit the Staney Mill

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