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THRUCH, n. Also throch- (Ayr. 1848 Edb. Antiq. Mag. 176; Dmf. 1894 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 157), †throcht- (Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 99); throuch- (Kcb. 1895 W. R. M'Diarmid Colvend 29, Bwk. 1900 A. Allan Channelkirk 229); throoch- (Dmf. 1848 Edb. Antiq. Mag. 113); ¶threuch- (Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry 52); thrugh- (Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 55; Uls. 1929); thruck; through-; ¶thorough- (Kcd. 1910 G. H. Kinnear Glenbervie 87); thruff (Dmf. 1894 J. Cunningham Broomieburn 44; Peb. 1950); truch- (Dmf. 1913 A. Anderson Later Poems 88), trouch- (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); trough. A flat gravestone, strictly one resting directly on the ground but also applied to one lying on a pedestal or on four feet, gen. in comb. thruch-stane (Lth., Ayr. 1808 Jam.; sm.Sc., Rxb. 1972). Obs. in Eng. exc. n. dial. [θrʌx, θrux, s.Sc. θrʌuxʍ; θrʌf]Edb. 1701 Burgh Rec. Edb. (1962) 294:
The Councill being informed that the through stone of the deceast Mr George Buchannan lyes sunk under the ground of the Grayfriers.
Bwk. 1711 W. Forbes Decisions (1714) 563:
William Nisbet Flesher in Dunce, having named William Cockburn to be his Executor to pay his Debts and Legacies, to put on a Through Stone upon his Grave.
Slg. 1777 N. & Q. (Ser. 9) II. 237:
2 lairs with throughs in the churchyard of Bothkennar.
Sc. 1818 Scott Bride of Lamm. xxxv.:
The three village hags were seated on the “through-stane.”
Edb. 1856 J. Ballantine Poems 27:
Doun fa's the thick an' grizly weet, Plout, ploutin', on our auld trough-stane.
Dmf. 1875 A. Anderson Two Angels 164:
The auld kirk wa's, an' the moss-grown thrughs.
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Raiders vi.:
The green mould on the “thruch” stones in the kirkyard.
s.Sc. 1935 Border Mag. (Feb.) 21:
Its garland o' dilapidated thrucks and grey-stone boundary dyke.
Gall. 1937 Gallovidian Annual 93:
Great tomb-slabs resting on supports, the old “throch-stanes.”

[O.Sc. throuch stane, 1456, thruch, id., 1529, Mid.Eng. thrugh, throgh stone, O.E. þrūh, a trough, (stone) coffin. The form thruff is from n.Eng. dial. and trouch is due to confusion with the unrelated Troch.]

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