Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GOWKSTON, prop. n. Also Gouckston. In phr. to make John Gowkston of (a man), to make a cuckold of (Ayr. 1846 J. Paterson Ballads & Songs (Series 1) 34). Sc. 1769  D. Herd Sc. Songs 323:
Ye might hae come to me yoursell, Outwittens of your daddy, And made John Gouckston of the laird, And kiss'd his bonny lady.

[Surname formed from Gowk, n.1, 2. + -to(u)n as in Swanston, Livingston, Johnston, etc. Gowkston is found as a farm-name in various places.]

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