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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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OUTINTOUN, adj. Also -town, out(t)entown. = Out-toun, II. 1. and 2., outside the boundaries of a town, outside the Sucken of a mill. Now only hist.Gsw. 1718 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1909) 27:
They stent no outintouns burgeses who have nocht a residence nor living within this burgh.
Dmf. 1788 Dmf. Weekly Jnl. (9 Dec.):
The land is very good: the corn mill has not only a good thirle, but is well situated for outen town custom.
Sc. 1800 Edb. Advertiser (7 Oct.) 234:
These Mills, besides a very considerable Thirlage, do, from their situation in a populous rich corn country, encourage a large outtentowns Grist, and are capable of Manufacturing Grain to a great extent.
Sc. 1924 D. Murray Earty Burgh Organisation 159:
Burgesses, again, were intown and outintown.

[O.Sc. outtintowneis, of burgesses, 1556. The formation appears to be Out + Intoun, the second element having ceased to be regarded as a comb. with in-; less likely from ooten, out o, s.v. Out, II. 7. (8).]

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"Outintoun adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jul 2024 <>



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