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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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AILSA CRAIG, n.comb. A curling stone made from granophyre rock from the volcano of Ailsa Craig. Also Ailsa.Sc. 1851 in J. Taylor Curling (1884) 363:
The twa ‘Ailsa Craigs’ on an ‘edge in’ snug footin'.
Sc. 1890 J. Kerr Hist. Curling 370:
There are three kinds of Ailsas—the Blue Hone, the Red Hone, and what is called the Common Ailsa.
Sc. 1951 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 303:
The dominie's Ailsa Craigs, big, heavy lads.

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