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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).
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(Schepe-cote,) S(c)heip-cot(t, n. Also: shep-, sheepe- and -cote, -coit(t, -coate; schip-cott. [Late ME and e.m.E. shepecote (1414).] A shelter for sheep; a sheep-house. = Schepe-hous n. b. fig. The church.(a) c1446 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 249 (see Schepehird n. 3 a).
Shepcotis
1549 Compl. 43/27.
Scheip cottis
1572 Sat. P. xxxiii 161.
The rowmis appointit pepill to confidder, To heir Gods word, … Ar now conuertit in scheip coits and fauldis
1596 Coll. Aberd. & B. 386.
That the said gudeman of Inuernyties sheiphird had biggit ane sheip cott
1614 Thanes of Cawdor 227.
The … byrning of … his … scheip coitt
1664 Fraser P. 158.
Finding ane scheip coit and ane scheip ruiff and certane stone dyks biggit be … occupiers of the same pendicle of Cluny
(b) 1623 Brechin Test. IV 130.
The tymmer of the chalmer & schip cott
b. 1596–7 Calderwood V 567.
It becomes us to resemble the sheepe and lambes of our Maister's lezure. Lett the wolves and dogges that are without His sheepe-coate keepe their naturall … as for us, the Lord will provide

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