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Hope, Hoip, n.2 Also: hop, howp. [Northern ME. hope (a 1400), hopp (1378), OE. hop.] A small enclosed upland valley; ‘a sloping hollow between two hills’ (J).Early examples occur frequently in southern Scottish placenames, as Ruhope, Berhope (c 1190), Elrehope (c 1200), Hollehope (1200–2). c1420 Wynt. vii. 51 (W).
A faire braid plane and a plesand, But hope or hill
c1475 Wall. vi. 643.
King Eduuart through Cultir hoppis socht
Ib. ix. 24.
In euery waill, bath hop, hycht, hill, and meide
1535 Stewart 22725.
Ouir hoip, ouir hill, ouir daill and mony doun
1556 Peebles B. Rec. 230.
Passand … vp the syke in Eddistoun hoip heid to the gray marche stane
Descendand done the hoip to ane red hedit stane
1596 Dalr. I. 91/5.
Quhither the way … war cumirsum throuch hilis or hopes
Ib. 163/16.
Thay gyne bakis, ouer hil and hoip, … dub and myre, mos and mure
1606 Crim. Trials II. 519.
Vnderstanding … Thomas to haif bene in his somerscheill besyde the fellis, … thay … come to the said … Thomas Bell in an howp callit Spittope-howp

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