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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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STEADIN(G), n. Also sted(d)ing: steeding; stidden. [n., em.Sc. (a), wm. and sm.Sc. ′stɛdɪn; Ork., em.Sc. (b) and s.Sc. ′stidɪn]

1. A building site, a piece of ground on which a house or row of houses is built; the site of the buildings on a farm (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 438; Uls. 1953 Traynor), freq. in phr. steddin o houses.Sc. 1714 Rec. Conv. Burghs (1885) 123:
A steeding of ruinous houses.
Bte. 1728 Rothesay T.C. Records (1935) II. 717:
A piece of ground in the Burgh called Newhouse stedding.
Gsw. 1761 Glasgow Past and Present (1884) II. 433:
Several lots or steadings for building upon.
Ags. 1767 Session Papers, Gordon v. Panmure (16 Dec.) 7:
North-ferry consists of a few Steadings of houses.
Edb. 1772 Edb. Ev. Courant (19 Dec.):
A Scots acre of ground. — The steeding of houses included.
Bwk. 1795 J. Bonner Bee-hives 29:
In my own native parish of Coldingham. there is a steeding called Bee-Edge.
Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xv.:
The spaces of ground between their steadings and the crown or middle of the causey.
Uls. 1899 S. MacManus In Chimney Corners 251:
My father's new castle was a buildin' (in the steddin' of the old one).

2. The buildings on a farm, sometimes including and sometimes excluding the farm-house (Clc. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 VIII. 603; Sc. 1808 Jam.; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 268; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein: Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. Also attrib.Ayr. 1789 Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 360:
Improving a farm, building a steading of farm-houses.
Edb. 1796 H. MacNeill Waes o' War 23:
House, nor hame, nor farm. nor stedding!
Sc. 1816 Scott B. Dwarf vii.:
The steading's a' in a low, and the bonny stackyard lying in the red ashes.
Dmf. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 IV. 542:
On a number of farms of the parish, the steadings have been rebuilt.
m.Lth. 1870 J. Lauder Warblings 77:
Far away the nearest steading.
Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep Head 269:
The bargain ye mak' aboot the steedin'.
Ags. 1899 Barrie W. in Thrums xi.:
The Bog was a bigger farm in thae days than noo, but I daursay it has the new steadin' yet.
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 19:
Winter! A' the steading catties, Sick o' hameart mice an' ratties.
s.Sc. 1936 Border Mag. (April) 51:
The steedin's lettin' in the rain.
Mry. 1949 Northern Scot (30 April):
The new-washen claes are blaan a, owre the stidden.
Ork. 2000 Orcadian 18 May 9:
Quoy of Herston, South Ronaldsay
Dwellinghouse in need of complete renovation and steading comprising byre, barn and store in good order, ...
Abd. 2000 Herald 26 Jun 19:
She spent the winter with a dozen other heifers in the steading of a neighbouring farm whose land had been amalgamated and whose house has been upgraded for settlers who had followed the oil boom into the North-east.

[O.Sc. steding, = 2., 1472, stading, = 1., 1689, from stead, Steid + -Ing, suff., 2.]

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