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Causa(y, Cawsa(y, n. Also: causaa, caussay, cawssay. [Variant of Caulsé, with change of to -a and -ay as in allya, etc. Cf. Calsay and Casay.]

1. A piece of paving, a paved portion. (a) That ony man that layd medyn on the causa … sul pay vnforgefyng viij s.; 1459 Peebles B. Rec. 131.
To ane that mendit ane brokin causaa; 1504 Treas. Acc. II. 441.
The byar of the muk to pay … ane penny for the breking of the causa; 1538 Soc. Ant. II. 396.
In the midst of the cawsa I fell into ane midding; Lynd. Sat. 4290.
(b) The causay gangand doune to the Nethirtown; 1487 Dunferm. B. Rec. i.
The almus hows on the northt sid of the causay; 1488 Ib. 22.
A rud of caussay; 1498 Peebles B. Rec. 198.
Scharp hailstanys, … Hoppand on the thak and on the causay by; Doug. vii. Prol. 137.
To the causay maker for layin of the causay; 1571–2 Haddington Acc. MS.
To the causay layers for laying 7 rood … causay; 1691 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 582.
(c) To the Spanȝeartis that dansyt before the King on the cawsay of Edinburgh; 1491 Treas. Acc. I. 179.
To sustene … the brig forsaid in pillaris, … battaling and cawsay; 1529 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 396.
The cawsay … was all colorit bludy and rede; Boece ix. i. 288 b.
The tway acris of land … with houssis, mans, and ȝard in the new cawsay; 1557 Reg. Cupar A. II. 132.

2. Attrib. and comb. with end, layer, makar, making, paker, stane. Sex acris … lyand apoun the west syde of the cawsay end; 1495 Reg. Cupar A. I. 247.
Causay layer; 1691 (see 1 b above).
To the causay makker for xlij rud & half ane rud of causay makkin within the palice; 1535 M. Works Acc. III. 12 b.
Causay maker; 1571–2 (see 1 b above).
Ane commoun, publick cawsay-paker; Lynd. Sat. 2202.
The compt of the causa stanis leding; 1535 M. Works Acc. III. 12 b.

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"Causa(y n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/causay>



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