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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LOGIE, n. Also loggie, loggy, logey, †lyogie. [′logi]

1. The fire-place of a kiln, or the porch in front from which the fire is fed, the Kill-logie, q.v. (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 319; Uls. 1953 Traynor). Also used attrib. and fig.m.Lth. 1701 Cramond Sess. Rec. (16 March):
When they came thither they looked in to the logie, and saw the young man lying naked with the young woman.
Gsw. 1727 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1909) 289:
For building a large corn kilne, two logies and gavills on both ends of the kilne.
Lth. 1757 Caled. Mercury (5 April):
The Easter Cott Tenement of Houses, with the Malt Barn, Malt Kiln, Loggy House, Steepstone, Wall, Yard.
Dmb. 1794 D. Ure Agric. Dmb. 35:
The kilns were of earth, and contained about twelve chalder of lime each. Two loggies, or fire places, were made in the bottom: they were nearly the breadth of the kiln in length, and two feet and a half in width.
Sc. 1806 Braes o Yarrow in Child Ballads (1956) IV. 175:
Come doun, come doun now, sister Anne! For he's sleeping in yon logie.
Rxb. 1815 J. Ruickbie Poems 27:
Freed for a while to take the air From hell's tremendous logie.
Lth. 1829 G. Robertson Recollections 255:
In the old kilns … [the] wooden rafters . . . were covered with loose straw, on which it [corn] was spread over a fire kindled in the loggie.
Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Proverbs 133:
Mak a kiln o't, and creep in at the logie.
Clc. 1882 J. Walker Jaunt 234:
Dirt-choked its loggie Nae longer reeks.
Sc. 1913 J. Allardyce Byegone Days 240:
In other parts of the country a girl might take a male lamb's fleece, tease it, card it, and spin it at the doorstep. Then, after winding it into a ball, she would go on Hallowe'en to the corn kiln, seat herself on one of the kiln rafters, and throw the clew into the “lyogie”, or fire apartment, holding the end of the thread in her hand.

2. A small hole at the bottom of a lime-kiln through which the burnt lime is drawn out (Uls. 1953 Traynor). Also logie-hole, logey-hole, id. (Don. 1890 D. A. Simmons Words and Phrs.).

3. The outer opening of a ventilation funnel in a corn stack. Cf. Kill, n.1, 3.wm.Sc. 1773 Sc. Farmer I. 569:
His logie from the outside draws the air so strongly, … that he fears no danger from heating in the stacks.
Inv. 1808 J. Robertson Agric. Inv. 174:
The corn-stacks are built in Strathnairn and elsewhere, round a frame of wood set up firmly in a conical figure, the tops of the rafters or boards resting against each other, and reaching a little above the eaves. In addition to this frame, a door (provincially a logie) is formed upon the side from which the wind commonly blows.
Sc. 1814 J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. App. I. 380:
The whole of these stacks were cut to pieces by vermin; so that the logies of the stacks were full of oats, chaff, and cut straw from top to bottom.
Per. 1902 E.D.D.:
In very damp seasons, grain is built with a “boss” in the centre of the stack — three poles tied at the top, forming a triangle, and ropes wound round them to keep the sheaves from falling into the boss. Between the empty column at the centre and the outside air, the connection is by means of a logie, or small hole at the foundation of the stack. The logie is made with branches or pieces of wood to keep up the sheaves. It is as large as that a colly dog might enter.

4. The ash or charred tobacco in a pipe, the Dottle (ne.Sc. 1911).Abd. 1891 Trans. Bch. Field Club 14:
The ploughman lyooks after the lyogie in his pipe.

[O.Sc. logie, = 1., 1570, appar. ad. Gael. logan, lagan, dim. of lag, a hollow, cavity or pit, killogies being frequently dug out of the side of a natural bank or slope. For the phonological development cf. the common Sc. place-name Logie, of the same orig.]

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