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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).
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(Schepe-hous,) S(c)heip(is)-hous, n. Also: sheep- and -house. [Late ME and e.m.E. shephous (1410), OE (once, in a gloss) sceapa-hus.] A covered pen for housing sheep.(1) 1596 Dalr. I 98/9.
Thair castelis and palices ar scheiphouses and luges [L. casæ et tuguria] quhilkes thay commonlie cal pailes
1626 Dumfries Test. Ia 92.
The byre and the scheip hous
1642 Rothesay B. Rec. 956.
The croaft quherupone rid Roberts scheip hous stood
1662 Lanark B. Rec. 188.
The calsay … from the port to the sheiphous to be calsayit of new
1670 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III 241.
[Vagabonds] having … brocken up the doores … of … byres, stables, sheiphouses and other office houses
1696 T. Davidson Rowan Tree (1949) 267.
(2) 1609 Dundonald Par. Rec. 185.
Robert Thomsoun … bigis his scheipis hous on the Saboth

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