Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FOLD, n. A herd, gen. 12 in number, of Highland cows used for breeding (Arg. 1948). Rs. 1844  in W. Youatt Cattle 98:
The establishment necessary for a breeding fold of cows is generally composed of an experienced principal herdsman, known by the name of the “Bowman.”
Inv. 1845  Stat. Acc.2 XIV. 350:
There are only two of the gentlemen who retain what is called a fold of cows.
Highl. 1951  Scotsman (1 March):
Achnacloich Fold Sets Price Record Again. 650 Gns Paid for Highland Heifer at Oban. Purchaser was Lady MacRobert of Douneside and Cromar, Aberdeenshire, who started a Highland fold in that county.

[An extended use of Eng. fold, an enclosure for animals. Cf. Fauld, n.2, v.2]

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"Fold n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Apr 2019 <>



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