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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).
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Wattir syde, Wat(t)er syde, n. Also: watter syd, -side, watir syd, -side, watersyid, vater syd, walter siede. [ME and e.m.E. water syde (Chaucer), watir syde (c1420), waterside (1497).] a. The edge of a river; a riverbank. b. An area of land beside a river; a district in the vicinity of a river.Also in a place-name. 1548 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 350.
Cum … duabus croftis de Burneside unacum crofta de Watterside
a., b. a1400 Leg. S. xxix 410.
He held his gat … til he com til a watir-syd, That depe was & wele wyd
?1438 Alex. ii 500.
Thow sall thame se at morning tyde Heir ludgit at the watter syde
c1475 Wall. iv 279.
A forest, that … Rycht fra the mos grew to the wattir syde
1482 Fam. Rose 147.
The new myil … on the water syde of Narne
1492 Myll Spect. 289/2.
Watter syd
1513 Doug. vi v 47.
Say me … Quhat menys sik confluence at this watir side? Quhat wald thir sawlys?
1539–40 Reg. Episc. Morav. 420.
To deliver … aucht skoir fyr sparris … upon water syde of Spey … quhair thai may be eiselye cassin in the said water of Spey in flott
1570 Leslie 163.
Some townes on the walter siede of Tweide
1576 Crim. Trials I ii 57.
Gif euir sche had spokin with him at ane loich and wattir-syde?
1600–2 Montrose Treas. Acc.
Vater syd
1629 Banff Ann. II 250.
That na persone lay or bleitche onye claithe … on the said watersyid
1622-6 Bisset I 71/16.
Ane northland man borne on the wattirsyde of Die
1663 Banff Ann. I 147.
That no reid fischer … sell any … fische … at the watter syd … but bring them all to the marcat croce
1667–70 Lauder Jrnl. 202.
Their is great salmond fisching on Tueid … We was at a kettle on the water syde
pl. 1578 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 62.
The girs of the medowis in girs and wattersyds beneith the toun is set to Alexander Dungalson

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