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Quhin-stane, n. Also: quhyn-, whin(n)-; quhine-, whine- and -staine, -steanne, -stone. [Quhin n.2; cf. Eng. whynn-stone (1763).] Whinstone. a. = Quhin n.2 1 a. b. = Quhin n.2 1 b.a. 1513 Doug. vii Prol. 39.
On raggit rolkis of hard harsk quhyn stane
1675 Stirling Common Good 93b.
Building the maine gaird. … For whinestone thairto … [£14]
1684 Sibbald Scot. Illustr. iii 45.
Rock-stone, nostratibus whin-stone
b. 1539–41 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 279.
For twa hundreth cartfull quhine stanis for cawsing of the brewhous
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 744 (T).
And can not from ane proppit place depairt, Except I wer to force thé with quhin staneis
?1549 Monro W. Isles (1961) 62.
Three tombs of stanes … with ane braid gray quhin stane in the gavill of ilk ane of the tombs
1622 Linlithgow B. Rec. 13 Sept.
To prowyde great quhinstanes and to caus carey thame to the brig
1625 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 170.
Led doune from the quarrell of quhinstanes to the dowcat fyvescoir and sex laid of wallstanes
1628 Linlithgow B. Rec. 6 June.
1646 Kelso Baillie Ct. 84.
Ane great blew whin stane alreddie sett for ane marche stane
1650 Dumfries Treas. Acc. MS 12 July.
For wining of whine staines to the mill calle
1663 Stirling Common Good 16b.
For whinn stones to build the house
1699 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 44.
The Divell fell her with a whinestone

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