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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

FUIRD, n., v. Also foord, fourd; feuard; fyoord; förd (Sh.). Sc. forms of Eng. ford. See also Feerd. [I., m. and s.Sc. fø:rd, fe:rd, mn. and nn.Sc. f(j)u:(ə)rd. See P.L.D. §§ 35, 142, 146, 157.]

I. n.

1. As in Eng (fyoord Abd. 1990s).Sc. 1746 More Culloden Papers (ed. Warrand 1930) V. 43:
The three Fourds of the River Shin.
Sc. 1834 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) IV. 91:
Aften they wadna ventur on the fuirds, in dread o' a sudden spate frae a water-spoot.
Abd. 1891 G. W. Anderson Strathbogie 160:
Set her doon ower the feuard Gin she winna come back!
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 219:
Everyene röses the förd as he fin's it.
Sc. 1935 D. Rorie Lum Hat 16:
The track to the foord is smoort wi' snaw.

2. Sc. usage: "The term used to denote one of the various unfair modes of fishing, practised on running water. The fishes are pursued up a stream, till they are all driven into the pool above it, where they are secured by a large net" (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 56).

II. v. As in Eng.; also †to transport by sea. The 1706 example is due to an assimilation to fuird of the orig. term furing; see Fuhre and Flit, v., 1.Ork. 1706 Marw. (1929) 44:
In a 1706 lease . . . which Pat Fea, Jr. . . . has from his father, Pat Fea, Sr., reserves for himself certain things — together with “flitting and foording by the cottars and tenants.”
Sc. 1772 Edb. Ev. Courant (10 Oct.):
A farmer and his son on horseback attempting to foord a narrow stripe a little above.
Bnff. 1933 M. Symon Deveron Days 46:
Lane reeks my lum owre corries — An' — fa wad foord the linn?

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