Show Search Results Show Browse

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

Riggin(g) stan(e, staine, ston(e, n. Also: rygg-, rig-, reg-, reig- and -yn, -ine, -e(i)n, -eyn, -ane, -on; ringene and stayn(e. [Riggin(g vbl. n.1 and stane. Also in 19th c. north. Eng. dial.] Stone, or a stone, employed in constructing the (ridge of the) roof of a house, also the crown of a road. See also Riggin(g vbl. n.1 3.coll. and pl.coll. 1471–2 Aberd. Acc. fol. 2b.
Boucht fra Thom Wat of Herwe iiijxx foytis of regyn stayn to the towboytht cost xl
1535–6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 189.
For iiii rudis iii elnis riggin stane to the north chalmeris foresaid
1536 Maxwell Mem. I 271.
For … ryggeyn stayne onpwtteyne
1599 Aberd. B. Rec. II 201.
To the rigging stane of the calsey
1611 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 336.
Riging stone
1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 43.
For … poynting the haill houssis and putting the rigging stane theron
1638 Salmon Borrowstounness 339.
For thigging of the porch and laying on the rigging stone
1650 Misc. 3 Spald. C. 204.
For 70 fuit of rigon stan to the tolbuith
1650–1 Aberd. Shore Wk. Acc. 340.
Ankerag of ane uther bot with reigonstone
1652–3 Ib. 357.
3 last of rigen ston and hewen stonis
1672 M. Bruce Rattling Dry Bones 24.
A moving to the building of a good sydwall upon that good foundation, ay till the riggin-stone be put on
pl. 1573 Sempill Sat. P. xxxix 96.
Of Daueis toure … Thay riggein stanes cum tumland ouir the trinschis
1574 St. A. Kirk S. 404.
He sal wirk sum ryggen-stanis of his awin
1582 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 122.
Foure riging stanis … to the wouttis in the kirk
1610 Glasgow Trades House 32.
Rigein stanis
1620 Mylne Master Masons 110.
Quhilk kirk and ile salbe thackit with sklaitt, timberit, rigined with riggane stanes [etc.]
1629 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 300.
Ellevin foote of rigging staines … upon the poulder hous
1650 Cramond Ch. Rathven 20.
A stonne hous sklaitted without rigging stones
1652 Peebles B. Rec. II 7.
Riggine stones
1699 Boharm Kirk S. 14 May.(b) 1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I 437.
For ringene stanis to end owt the rigene wyth, xxiiij s.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Riggin Stan n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: