Show Search Results Show Browse

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

Cuntra(y, n. Also: cwntra, quintra; cuntraye, kuntray, cunctray. [ME. cuntrey, var. of cuntré Cuntré. Cf. Contray.] A country.(a) c1420 Wynt. viii. 4406.
How in the north cwntra ay The Erle Dawy wes sterand
? 1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 267.
I haif takin letly ane schip of yowr quintra cumand owt of Island
1549 Compl. 86/6.
Tua Saxons that cam … fra thair auen cuntra to support … the kyng of Grit Bertanȝe
1566 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 100.
Ane brodit cart contenyng all cuntras
(b) 1518 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 94.
Tua s. grett Flandris money, or the awail thar of in money of the cuntray thai cum to
1549 Compl. 78/35.
Ȝe suld keyp the liberte of ȝour cuntray
1553 Rec. Earld. Orkney 107.
Johne Cromate … sall caus his fader to compeir … and mak raknyng … as he is demp[t] at the wit of the cuntray
1554 Corr. M. Lorraine 384.
My lord Drummond … socht the haill cunctray
1594 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 64 b.
Iohne McFinlay … for making of evill aill in the cuntray and selling the samin
1605–6 Misc. Spald. C. V. 79.
For hors hyir to Androw Burnet, being sent … to knawe the estait of the cuntraye concerning the pest
1696 Wemyss of Bogie MSS.
Goieng through the kuntray inqweiring for mor victuall conforme to comition

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Cuntra n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jun 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: