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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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MAIRCH, v., n.2 Also merch (Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 14; Sc. 1898 R. Bain Gsw. Streets 24;  Ork., Edb., Arg., Ayr. 2000s). Sc. forms of Eng. march (m.Lth. 1870 J. Lauder Warblings 100; Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb vii.; Ayr. 1880 Recent Sc. Poets (Murdoch) 237; Dmf. 1912 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo 16; Slk. 1918 Border Standard (18 May)). Gen.Sc. See P.L.D. § 48.1. (2).Dundee 1991 Ellie McDonald The Gangan Fuit 9:
Gaithered up my graith
an merched awa tae the biggin,
wi the lassie traikin alang ahent.
Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 24:
Frae a hauf-etten hamburger haived doon aneth the sun, Henry saw a phalanx o emmacks merchin wi Spartan virr ben a pathie as straucht's a Roman roadie, aff tae ane o their colonies jist like the reivin Romans thirsels micht hae daen.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 94:
'The rebels - or whitiver ye'd cry them - that mairched frae Dumfries tae the Pentlands, and wis bate by mad Tam Dalyell the Muscovite.'

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