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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bowcht, Bucht, n. Also: boucht; bowght, bought. [Flem. bocht, bucht, inclosure for swine, sheep, etc.] A sheep-fold; a milking fold for ewes. c1420 Wynt. i. 220.
The yhownge [bestys] he partyde fra the awld And oysyde thaim to bowcht and fawlde
1513 Doug. ix. ii. 64.
Wachand the full scheip fald, The wild wolf … Abowt the bowght [R. boucht] plet all of wandis tyght Brays and gyrnys
1533 Boece vii. vi. 231.
In oure ancient Scottis tong … bowcht [is callit] the congregacioun of schepe
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Bothna.
The place in the quhilk the ȝowes ar inclosed quhen they ar milked, is commonlie called ane bucht
1612 Crim. Trials III. 221.
For dryveing to ane bucht at the Blak-hill-stell … of aucht ȝowis
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 9.]
[Ane house at Troveboughtes upon Caidmure

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