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Quoy, n.2 Also: quoye. [Later var. of Quy n.2. Cf. Quoy n.1, also Quoyland, mod. Orkney dial. quoy, quay.] = Quy n.2The quot. for 1575–6 relates to land in Shetland.Ringit quoy, cf. later Orkney dial. ringit quoy (Jam.) ‘a portion of land taken from open common land and fenced round with a boundary wall’ (SND, s.v. Quoy n.).See also browme quoy Brome n. 3 and Plantiquoy n.(1) 1536 Kirkwall Chart. 4.]
[Hisce croftis nuncupatis lie quoyes
c1537 Rec. Earld. Orkney 221.
All and haill the mill lands quoyes multeris and sequells of the said mill
Ib. 222. 1563 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I 136.
Sex denariatas terrarum, continentes tot lie quoyes, viz. Vsquoye, Mekilquoye
1575–6 Reg. Privy S. VII 75/1.
With power … to ryve out and birne and win new corne landis upoun ony part … of the inscattell … or outscattell callit outfeild … and to mak habitationis, saittis and quoyis thairupoun
1583–4 Rec. Earld. Orkney 156.
With thair partis of the onsettis that is to say … thrie mylne quoyis with the mylne mwlteris
1587 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I 211.
With housses … tummalles quoyes quoylandis … outbreakes onsettes [etc.]
1591 Reg. Great S. 752/1.
The sex pennie land … with the peice waist grund callit Sanct Margarettis quoy pertening thairto
With power to mak outbrekkis, quoyis and faldis
1595–6 Rec. Earld. Orkney 358.
Haifand on the eist syde the quoy callit Quoybankis and Thomas Hallis hous, the sie use on the northe
1597 Ib. 322.
Power to mak outbrekis … and to alter, flit and remufe dyikis, quoyis and fauldis from ane part to ane wther within the propper boundis of the saidis landis
1613 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. (ed.) 85.
In cawsing teill and ryiff out with his awin pleuch and guidis ane quoy of land callit Quoy Yeldeda
1627 Orkney Rentals iii 36.
That thair is twa quoyis and ane piece of land quhilk is ane part of St. Katherens stouck
1639 Sc. Hist. Rev. XXI 130.
[In Yell:] Withe houssis biginges quoyis quoylandis toftis
1688 T. Brown Diary 52.
The building of the dyks of the quoy appoynttit for a park
1698 Retours II Inq. Spec. Orkney et Shetland (156).
Cum lie Holmes, Ness, Skerries, quoys, quoylands, outbreckis
(2) 1617 Orkney Sheriff Ct. 5 Sept. in Marwick The Orkney Norn s.v. Ringit 142.
[Sundry lands set in tack including] ane penny-land in fea in Newgair and ane ringit quoy there
(3) 1634 Orkney Bp. Ct. 92b.
All and haill the quoyis of land callit quoygrahame and quoygarth
1636 Ib. 98b.
In the possessioun … of ane quoy of land
1671 Moncreiffs 262.
[Sasine … of two quoyes of land at Kirkwall]

b. As the first or second element in place, chiefly farm, names.For further instances see some of the quots. above, also Index to Rec. Earld. Orkney. 1563 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I 136.
Lie quoye de Vsquoye
1630 Retours I Inq. Spec. Orkney et Shetland (14).
Quoygrain … Quoygarth … Quoybora … Quoykyndnes
1656 Ib. (76) (see Quoyland n.).

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