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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bajan, n. Also: bajane, bajain(e; bajon(e, bajoun, bajune; bagan. [F. béjaune (Latinized as bejaunus) = bec jaune ‘yellow beak’ in allusion to young birds.]

1. A first-year student; a bajan or bejant. 1642 Baillie I. 794.
There will be near 60 Bajons already
1643 Ib. II. 39.
Sixtie Bajouns and about fortie Semies
1649-71 Lamont Diary 143.
May, 1660, he entered bajan with Mr. Ja. Weyms, major, regent ther
Ib. 175.
He entred bajan vnder Mr. Allex. Skeene
c 1670 Crauford Hist. Univ. Edinb. (1808) 63.
The other classes returned to their wonted frequencie, only no Bajans conveened all that year
1685 Mun. Univ. Glasg. II. 345.
The Schollars of the first class of the Grammar School not entering as Bajans
1695 Ib. 521.
Bagans, Semies, and Bacchelours

2. Attrib. with class, maister, regent, etc. 1642 Mun. Univ. Glasg. II. 467.
That Mr. David Monro having the Magistrand Classe now, he take up the Bajune Classe the next yeir
1644 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 424.
In the colledge they sall enter to the lowest classe, callit the bajane classe
1654–6 Ib. 603.
For a new lock to the bagan schools
1660 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 549.
One chamber at the Bajan School end
1664 Ib. II. 485.
That the bajone maister be cairful to teach his schoolers all the several authors [etc.]
1685 Ib. II. 345–6.
That none of the schollars of the forsaid class shall this yeir enter to the Bajan class, … or be received by the Bajan Regent
1695 Sibbald Autob. (1834) 129.
I past the Bajon yeer under Mr. James Wyseman

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