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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEETH, Feith, Fieth, n. A salmon net fixed on stakes and stretched into the bed of a river. Combs.: †feith-net, id.; †feith-set, feith-shot, the part of the river and its bank where the net is set up.Abd. 1793 Session Papers, Powis v. Fraserfield (1805) 4:
The largest feith-net is six fathoms long, two fathoms deep at the river end, and one fathom at the land end.
Ib. 47:
Whether the bank surrounding the feith-shot or feith-set be perpendicular or sloping.
Abd. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XIX. 221:
Many finnocks are caught in the Don by small feeths, which the fishermen set for that purpose after the season of the salmon-fishing is over.
Kcd. 1873 Session Cases (1872–3) 967:
It was not proved that there was any fishing of salmon other than going out with a feith-net.

[O.Sc. feith, id., 1495. Of unknown origin.]

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