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(Schepe-hede,) Scheip(is)-heid, n. Also: scheip-hede, sheep(s)-head. [S(c)hep(e n. and Hede n.1] The head of a sheep; sometimes sold to make, or prepared as, a dish. Also attrib.(1) 1510 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II 345.
Ye dow nocht to fessyn a scheip hede
1540 Lynd. Sat. Proclam. 247 stage direction.
Heir sall the fuile cum in with ane scheip heid on ane staff
?a1648 Polemo-Mid. 152.
Ipse Sheepheadus metuit sonitumque ictumque buleti
1688 Tryal Philip Standsfield 17.
His father girned upon him like a sheep-head in a tongs
1697 Foulis Acc. Bk. 218.
To Jamie Gray to buy a sheep head and soap to learne him to barbarize by Antonie, 3 s. 6 d.
(2) a1540 Freiris Berw. 254 (B).
Scho … Cuverit the burde, thairon sett … Ane sowsit nolt fute and scheipheid haistely
1617 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 165.
For the ressait of those quha sellis … scheipheidis and suche uther wairis
a1540 Freiris Berw. 263 (M).
Cauld meit … Ane soust fute and ane scheipis heid
attrib. 1565 Edinb. B. Rec. III 209.
That the panche, pudding and scheipheid merkat be transporttit to the fut of Snawdounis Clois
1698 Marchmont 184.
[Bill of Fare]: Sheepshead collops

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"Schepe-hede n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Apr 2024 <>



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