Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
HAUGH, n. Also hauch (Sc. 1808 Jam.); †halch (e.Lth. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 II. 18); haw; and dims. haughie, hauchie. A piece of level ground, gen. alluvial, on the banks of a river, river-meadow land (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 193). Gen.(exc. I.)Sc. Also used fig. and attrib.
Phr.: to gang frae the hauch to the hedder, see Heather, 3. (4). [h(:)x, hɑ(:)x; also, esp. in place-names, h:, hɑ:]
Sc. 1703 Chrons. Atholl and Tullibardine II. 7:
There came a fearfull speat Wednesday last, which covered the greater part of the haugh of Tullichmulin with sand and stones. Rxb. 1718 J. J. Vernon Hawick (1900) 140:
Riding a race in the common haugh. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shep. MS. III. 114:
Bra' lang green haughs by ilka burn an' strype An' hazel-nutt heughs an' hawthorne berries rype. Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (1925) 28:
Cauld shaw the haughs, nae mair bedight Wi' simmer's claes. Ayr. 1786 Burns To W. Simpson xii.:
O sweet are Coila's haughs an' woods. Mry. 1796 Sc. Musical Museum V. 503:
A bloody battle then began Upon the haws of Cromdale. Inv. 1808 J. Robertson Agric. Inv. 12:
A gravelly soil, a sandy soil, the soil called haugh, and a clay soil, depend upon two united causes — the strength of the stream, and the lightness of the particles of which they are composed. Dmf. 1822 A. Cunningham Tales II. 308:
Alas! alas! the bonnie haughs of Orr, and the fair holms of Dee, will be wasted on loons and limmers. Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet Letter iv.:
A haugh, or holm, of two acres, which a brook of some consequence . . . had left upon one side of the little glen. Rxb. c.1885 W. Laidlaw Poetry and Prose (1901) 29:
Through daisied haughs, by ferny braes, The limpid, glittering streamlet strays. Bwk. 1892 Proc. Bwk. Nat. Club 22:
If ye build it on the shepherd's haw, There it'll stand and never fa'. Arg. 1914 N. Munro New Road xvi.:
The place they stood on was a haugh where clothes were bleaching. Ags. 1915 V. Jacob Songs of Ags. 20:
But an auld man aye thinks lang O' the haughs he played amang.
Combs.: (1) haugh(ing)-gr(o)und, low-lying ground, meadow-land by the banks of a stream (Sc. 1825 Jam.); (2) haugh-head, the upper part of a haugh. Common in place-names; (3) haughland, = (1) (Fif. 1899 J. Colville Vernacular 13). Also used attrib.
(1) Lnk. 1776 Caled. Mercury (11 Dec.):
About 108 Scots acres, of a rich soil, mostly haughing ground, pleasantly situated on the banks of the Clyde. Slg. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XVIII. 130:
Then follows what is called haughing ground, such as is usually found upon the banks of rivers. Lnk. 1795 Ib. XII. 34:
The haugh-ground is generally ploughed 3 and sometimes 4 years, for oats, and then allowed to lie as long in natural grass. Edb. 1895 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 161:
As guid a bit o' haugh-grund for crappin as there was in the parish. (2) Slk. 1835 Hogg Wars Montrose III. 12:
There will be sic a day on that haugh-head the morn as never was in Ettrick forest sin' the warld stood up. (3) Abd. 1712 Fintray Court Bk. (S.C. 1935) 22:
To sow this present year an equal proportion of their haugh lands with pease. Rxb. 1811 A. Scott Poems 19:
His braid fields o' haughland corn, On flood red tumbling waves are borne. Lnk. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 VI. 458:
Superior in flavour to those produced on other soils, whether what is called dry-field or haughland. Inv. 1952 Scots Mag. (Aug.) 346:
The reedy unproductive haughlands will blossom as the rose.
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