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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BERSIT, BERGSET, -SED, Berg Sêat, n. (See second quot.) [′bærsɛd]Sh. 1899 J. Spence Sh. Folk-Lore 32:
All round the islands, unless where the height or nature of the cliffs render it impossible, these holes are found; and not one, to my knowledge, is met with in a situation unsuitable for a craigasoad, or bersit (rock seat).
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Bergset, -sed, a rock on the sea-shore from which angling is carried on.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; Sh.4 1934:
Berg sêat, the same as kraeg [crag] seat.

[O.N. berg, a rock + sæti, a seat.]

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