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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BENORT(H), BY NORTH, prep. and adv.

1. prep. To the north of. Cf. By-south. [bɪ′nɔrθ Sc.; bɪ′nɔrt Sh.]Sc. 1708 First Earl of Cromartie in Earls of Crm. (ed. Fraser 1876) II. 62:
For, in my little opinion, all benorth Tay cannot furnish them 600 horse.
Sc. 1981 Bruce Lenman Integration, Enlightenment, and Industrialization: Scotland 1746-1832 44:
Adam Smith in 1759 obsequiously remarked that such was the tedium of life benorth Tweed that no Scots correspondent could hope to offer entertaining matter to a sophisticated southerner.
Sc. 1983 Rosalind Mitchison Lordship to Patronage: Scotland 1603-1745 139:
The main core of support lay in the Lowlands benorth Tay and in the central and south-eastern Highlands.
Sc. 1998 G. W. S. Barrow in Simon Taylor The Uses of Place-Names 56:
And whether the Christianising agent was Q-Celtic, as must surely have been the case benorth the Mounth, or P-Celtic, as is likely to have been true at many sites between the Mounth and Solway, ...
Sh. 1932 J. M. E. Saxby Sh. Trad. Lore 66; Sh.4 1934:
Another tune is called “Benort da deks [dykes] o' Voe” because it was heard being sung by Trows at that place.
Abd. 1746 S.C. Misc. I. 371:
All by north Spey is in profound quiet.
Abd.(D) [1805] J. Skinner Amusements, etc. (1809) 66:
O! a' ye bards benorth Kinghorn, Call your muses up and mourn.
Ayr. 1787 Burns A Fragment (Cent. ed.) viii.:
While slee Dundas arous'd the class Be-north the Roman wa', man.

Followed by of. See Besooth.m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 32:
And the folk that bide benorth o' the Clyde They speak a langwidge that's no my ain.

2. adv.Ayr. 1803 A. Boswell Poet. Wks. (1871) 15:
The town may be clouted and piec'd till it meets A' neebours benorth and besouth without haltin'.

[O.Sc. prep. and adv. benorth from 1375 (Barbour). O.E. benorthan; benorth, bynorth rare in Mid.Eng. Obs. in St.Eng.]

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