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*Hog-ma-nay, Hogmynae, Hoguemennay, n. [Later varr., as in the mod. dial., of Hagmané n.] Hogmanay, New Year's Eve; a Hogmanay song; a popular air, that of a specific Hogmanay song. Also attrib. in Hogmynae-night. — 1661 Mercurius Caledonius 8–16 Jan., p. 19.
And now. .their little crazed nodls is employed in composing Latine ballads of praise upon his Majestie and till such time as we have organs in our cathedrals to have them sung to the tune of penitential hymns, let them ev'n cant them on to the are of Hog-ma-nay
c 1680 Law Memor. 191 n.
They [sc. the followers of Gibb]. .renounce. .Pasch sunday, Hallow-even, Hogmynae-night, Valentine's even [etc.]
c 1692 Bk. Pasquils (1868) 269.
Base popish angels which first keept that day [Christmas] And with the herds sung the first Hoguemennay

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"Hog-ma-nay n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jun 2024 <>



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