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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BANDWIN, BAN'-WIN, BAND-ONE, BANDOON, n. A band of three to eight reapers served by one bandster.Per. c.1850 W. Robertson in Harp of Perthsh. (ed. R. Ford 1893) 330:
The maiden wha shore in the bandwin wi' me.
Wgt. 1804 R. Couper Poems I. 162:
Syne sagely he, and right erect, Ahint the ban'-win stands.
Rxb. 1918 Kelso Chron. (13 Sept.) 2/6:
The Chronicle was asking about a band-one in the auld harvest field. . . . A band-one means two rigs with five folk — four shearers and the man who binds the sheaves and puts them in stooks.
ne., central Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 47:
Bandwin. A band of (usually four) shearers and a bandster. Also bandoon (s[outh]).

[Band, n.3 + Win, q.v., a quantity of standing corn that a band of reapers can cut. The group of reapers who worked on the same rig. Found in O.Sc. 1642 Abd. Sheriff Court III. 37: “Ane bandwinn of huiks ane day in harvest yeirlie.”]

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