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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RODDIN(G), n. Also roadin(g); erron. rudding. [′rodɪn]

1. A narrow track or path, specif. one trodden out by sheep (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.); any private unmetalled track or rough road (Rnf. a.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) R.45; Uls. 1924 Northern Whig (5 Jan.), 1953 Traynor). Also in combs. sheep-roddin(g).Rnf. 1757 Session Papers, Govan v. Govan (29 Nov.) 19:
He saw some sticks cut and lying in the rudding.
Rxb. 1762 Session Papers, Waugh v. Carre (28 Oct.) 10:
When he possessed the Ratten raw land, it was all in roadings.
Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck vii.:
A deep cleuch, wi' a sma' sheep rodding through the linn not a foot wide.
s.Sc. 1897 E. Hamilton Outlaws iii.:
I turned Red Rowan off the sheep-rodding.

2. A fault in cloth through an error in weaving, a “ladder” (Ayr. 1951).

[Appar. a deriv. of O.Sc. rod, a path or road, 1375, of obscure orig., phs. a reduced form of Trod, q.v., but not connected with Eng. road.]

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