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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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'EY, pron. n. and ne.Sc. form of Eng. they (Abd.15 1880–1940, Abd.27 1950). For similar dropping of initial th in pronominals in n.Sc. see P.L.D. § 158.Cai. 1890 J. Sinclair Scenes and Stories 194:
The Sinclairs hae had a' 'e honours in Caitness 'is mony a day, an 'ey can tak' 'at wi' 'e lave.
Abd. 1924 J. Wight in Swatches 74:
Aw gat 'em fae Dauvit's muckle dother, fin she wis oot at the trips; an' awyte, 'ey're rale gweed an' strong.

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"'ey pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Jun 2023 <>



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