A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
S(c)hot, S(c)hote, S(c)hoit, n.1 Also: s(c)hott, shotte; schoitt, schoyt, shoite; schoote, schoott, shoot(e; schoatt, shoat(e; (schowt); schoet; shute. [ME and e.m.E. shotte (Piers Plowman), shot (Chaucer), scot (Cursor M.), schoyt (a1450), shoote (1534), shote (1545), shute (1578), OE sc(e)ot, gesc(e)ot.]
1. A swift, or sudden, movement forward; a rush, dash. b. An onset; an attack (on another person).
Cf. Du. schot maaken ‘to make headway, of a ship’ (SND).
The Barb. quot. may possibly be, in the E. MS at least, an example of S(c)hout n. 1, though the sense ‘rush’ seems to suit the context better.
Quhen the kyngis men thame saw Swa in haill battale thame vithdraw A gret schot [E. schowt] till thame can thai mak And thai in hy tuk all the bak And thai that followit thame has slayne Sum of thame that thai haf our-tane; Barb. xii 77 (C).
Emynedus ane great shot can make Far by his feiris euerilkane; Alex. i 1790.
b. Ane schot on Pirrus can he mak With swerd into his hand all bare; Alex. i 1486.
(b) Hys stwart maid on hym a schote [C., W. schot], And tyte hym … be the throte, And … steykyd hym quhyll the lyff he lefft; Wynt. iv 1073.
c. At the shoot, ? in the moment of onset; suddenly, without warning.
Job has here ado with a merciful father, who took him not at the shoot, or in his passion; Dickson Wr. 70.
2. A sudden sharp pain; a spasm of pain; a shooting pain.
(a) God tuke wengeans on Ypocras With sic ane schot in till his wame That he had seiknes saire & schame; Seven S. 747.
With ane extraordiner birnand heat at his hart and luiffar … with ane schot in his syde; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 136.
Ane indigestioun and cruditie of his stommok, with schottis throw his body; 1598 Crim. Trials II 66.
When we vold goe in the liknes of an cat we say … I sall goe [in till ane catt] [With sorrow and sych and a blak] shot; 1662 Ib. III 607.
God send thé a blak shot! (or a blak thraw!); Ib. 608.
(b) And charme this man … For blood and melt for shotes and grippe; 1659 A. B. Barty Hist. Dunblane (1944) 97.
3. a. A rush, or downpour, of water.
Ranys riche befor than rested xl dais with forssis fell Schot out thar schottis [R. schowrys] scharp and snell; Wynt. i 404 (E).
b. A discharge, or flux, of blood from the body. Cf. 10 below.
Never to be but schot of blude Or elf schot … And mony vther maleteis; Rowll Cursing 67 (M).
c. A broad expanse, or sheet, of ice.
The rain falling freezed so vehementlie that the ground was like a shott of yce; Calderwood II 248.
4. The action of shooting with a bow, machine of war, firearm, etc.; the discharging of a missile or projectile from one of these; missiles or projectiles discharged, viewed collectively as the result of such action. Also fig.
Also const. of the missile, etc., discharged, or of the weapon, etc., employed.
(1) The Inglis archeris schot sa fast That mycht thar schot haff ony last It had bene hard … Bot King Robert that wele gan ken That thar archeris war peralous And thar schot rycht hard and grewous Ordanyt … a gret menȝe … on lycht hors … to prik amang the archeris … That thai na layser haiff to schut; Barb. xiii 52.
Quhan Emynedus … Saw how [his] fers … War skalit with thair shot of far; Alex. i 1629.
The kingis folk … Febillit with shot richt felly wair Foroutin wound I trow wes nane … For the Turkis with arrowis braid Schott thikker … than hale or snaw; Ib. 1644.
[Of female children] away thai walde ger bryn The rycht pape … For dowt it sulde let thame off schot; Wynt. ii 1502.
With that the culuerinnis begouth to schute With crapaldis serpentinis and ribaudykinis … Quhill thair battallis with schot sa maglit ware; Hay Alex. 1387.
For to gif the assalt thai made thame boun Sum with ledder sum schotte and sum with myne Sum cast of stane sum gvn and sum engyne; Ib. 15755.
Gy off Gysburne, na Allan Bell, … At schot war never so slie; Dunb. (OUP) 99/30.
A quhirrand arrow … dyd in hys the bayn lycht Oncertane fra quhat hand that it was sent, Quhat kynd of schote, nor of quhat instrument; Doug. xii vi 26.
The archeris … Of braid arrowis let fle ane flicht Amang the squyeris companie And thay agane … With hakbute bow and culueryne … And thair began ane bailfull bikker Thair was bot schot and schot agane; Lynd. Meldrum 1123.
The said Andro … maid schot at the said … servandis; 1569 Reg. Privy C. II 38.
The vehement schot ȝeid in at ather syde By threttie cannonis plasit at partis seuin; 1573 Sempill Sat. P. xxxix 97.
The governour and cardinall … layed ane seige to the castell with schot at it the space of aucht dayis with cannonis bot thay war nevir ane hairbred the better nor the castell the war of thair schutting; Pitsc. II 23/34.
& ivit Valde procul, metuens shottum woundumque profundum; Polemo-Mid. 125.
(b) The consul was slayn … with schote; Hay I 50/31.
Than tuke thai schote and newlingis him assalȝeid; Hay Alex. 15752.
He fand his fader dede Be sudane schote for dedeis odious; Henr. Fab. 819 (Bann.).
Eneas … thar with schote slew sevin hartis belyve; Doug. i iv heading.
Do dres my dartis … So that my schote and myssour may go rycht; Ib. ix vii 91.
Oncertane fra quhat hand that it was sent, Quhatkynd of schote, nor of quhat instrument; Ib. xii vi 26.
To Sanct Bastien thay ryn … That frome the schote he saf thare syde; Lynd. Mon. 2384.
[Not] to hunt and slay hairis with houndis, girnis, shoite, or utherwayes, [within six miles of the palaces of Haliruidhous, (etc.)]; 1610 Reg. Privy C. IX 57.
(2) The furriouris ware With shot of arrowis woundit sare; Alex. i 1660.
Ane hart of crueltie Smytis more sore than ony schot of arrow; Henr. Fab. 2923.
Scottis and Pichtis … with schott of arrowis ganeȝeis and cors bowis denudit the dyke of inemyis; Boece 240.
And is vsed … vnder the habirgeon to saue ane mans bodie fra the schot of ane arrowe or fra the bruising of the straik of an sword; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Actilia.
(b) Thik was the schote of grundyn dartis kene; Dunb. G. Targe 199.
The inner yett of the abbay keapt him that nycht; and the danger was betwix the Croce and the Salt Trone and so he was a large quarter of myle from the schote and sklenting of boltis; Knox II 321.
(3) Thair was sic ane slauchter … With schot of gun baith furthwart and inwart; Hay Alex. 2949.
Commaund thi men … Thar schot off gown … to ces; Wall. ix 166.
The schott of gunnys hagbutis … and vther small artalȝerie … is sa felloune … to the pith and hie curage of … vailȝeand mene; 1535 Acts II 345/2.
The Inglismen … doing quhat thay culd with schot of artailyerie and harquabusyers to ding thame back; Leslie 228.
Money of thame slaine … be schot of cannon and wther peceis schottand at the wallis; Pitsc. II 170/19.
Exponit his awin body and lyff … to the schott of the cannone and ege of the suord; 1578 Acts III 100/2.
By shot of pistols; Drummond Wks. 185.
And causit cloiss wp the samen stronglie with thik faill to hold out the schot of the cartow; Spalding I 209.
Midding mountis … to defend the toun fra the cannon schot fra the castell; Ib. 272.
The whole shipes answering the health with shott of cannones; 1685 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 306.
(b) Had thai bene prouvait sa of schote of gune By men of were but perile thay had past; Kennedy Flyt. 465.
The stoutnes of the larde [of Craigmillar] gave it over without schote of hackque-boote; Knox I 121.
[In] 1573 … the fyrst schoitt of canwine was schoitt at the castell of Edinburg, be the Inglis men, in the Kyngis of Schottlandis nayme; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 40.
b. A particular discharge of any one of these; an act of shooting. Also fig.
In pl., also without inflection.
sing. (1) And wytht that schot he Nynus slwe; Wynt. ii 42.
Ane angyle … slwe that herytyk … Wyth that scharpe schot suddanly; Ib. v 4528.
Wyth a rekles schot off cas A knycht hym slwe; Ib. vii 445.
Sone at a schot a gret hart has he slayne; Wall. iv 284.
At him he drew a sekir schot and sar; Ib. 570.
The gret gwn the quhilk a Franche man schot richt wele and falȝeit na schot within a faldome quhar it was chargit him to hit; Asl. MS I 244/28.
He tauld … How throw ane ladyis schot his sydis bleidis; Doug. Pal. Hon. 1202.
Ane preist of Turque … schot ane bolt … contrar Basit … That schot sleu nocht Basit; Compl. 131/16.
Ane ȝaip ȝoung man … Lousit of ane schot with ire; Christis K. 122 (M).
The … slauchter of Duik Oras be ane schot; 1553 Balcarres P. 313.
James, Earle of Murray, … Slane with ane schot; 1570 Sempill Sat. P. xii 6.
That schot, allace! this realme hes shot in tway; 1570 Sat. P. xvii 105.
The cannonis of the castell … schot at thame … the castell schot throche … my lord Lyndesayis chalmer quhair he lay for thair come ane schot … and tuik avay the twa cuppillis of his chalmer; Pitsc. II 252/2.
Thay sat the pictur [of clay] at the wall-syd … and wes schott [sic] … with the said elf-arrow tuelf tymes … And persauing that ye mist the samin efter everie schott [etc.]; 1590 Crim. Trials I ii 199.
The first shotte that ever he shotte he killed two sparrows with hir [sc. a gun]; 1657 Hibbert P. No. 19.
(b) Or with a schote in at a wyndow; Hay I 245/17.
(c) And at a schoyt the formast sone he sleu; Wall. iv 554.
(d) The Englismen … hasarded a schoote at the for-entree of the castell; Knox I 121.
(e) Duncane McDoull, … who slew his maister … with ane schoatt; 1615 Melrose P. 222.
(f) A onlye horsman of Edinburgh was hurt, and a suddart slaine be a shute from the toun of Merchestoune; Hist. Jas. VI (1804) 179.
(2) He endit … sodandlye … be a schot of ane arrow; Asl. MS I 202/11.
Ane Frencheman quhilk wes hurt with the schot of ane gun in the Fortht and mutilat of his finger; 1539 Treas. Acc. VII 257.
His heid being hurt with the schot of ane hagbut; 1570–1 Canongate Ct. Bk. 311.
He was hurte in the arme by the schote of ane haquebute; Knox II 6.
Ane of the gentlemen … with a schot of a hagbit schuites … and slayes him; Dalr. II 474/4.
The said John Walker wes hurt in the said left arme be the shoote of the said gun; 1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 27.
infl. pl. (1) The king tynt with Johne Inglis on tua schotis with the culveryn, ij Franch crounis; 1507–8 Treas. Acc. IV 105.
I sprang up with Cupido's wings, Whose shots and shooting geare resignes; Montg. Ch. & Slae 156 (Wr.).
With ane of the same schoittis thay schott ane bullon throw his hatt; 1585 Reg. Privy C. II 743.
Thow schott twa schottis with the said arrow heid att the said Lady Balnagowne; 1590 Crim. Trials I ii 192.
[The like congratulation of] shootes [and ordnance was used]; 1594 Cal. Sc. P. XI 313.
Secrettis, pleatesleues & siclyke unseene armoure … [are] not onlie unable to resiste bot dangerouse for shottis; James VI Basil. Doron 178/2.
Thay suld be sett out ouir the wals to kep the first shoittis; 1614 Denmylne MSS in
Highland P. III 172.
Thair wes schoitis and straikis on ather syde; 1623 Melrose P. 510.
Thay … schot diuers schotis fra the hous heid; Spalding I 182.
The countrie people … beginns to persew thame with schottis; Ib. 236.
And thrie soldiouris [were] apoyntit … to schute thrie deid schottis at him whill he wes schot deid; Ib. 374.
[He] loused severall shotts [against Inverey's party]; 1677 4th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 534/1.
(2) The principall blokhouse … was doung doune be schottis of cannons; Pitsc. II 170/3.
[And] shoit three or foure shoitis of pistollettis at him; 1592 Strathendrick 249.
Sche subtilie, to flie the schotis of that ingine, slipis intil a nuik neir by; Dalr. I 297/6.
Thair wes sum shottis of pistollis or hagbuittis dischargeit at hir stair behund the kirk; 1598 St. A. Kirk S. 867.
Cullaine first shot him throw the body with 2 shotts of pistolls; 1605 Reg. Privy C. VII 154.
Eftir dyuers schottis of hagbuttis, muscattis; 1625 Justiciary Cases I 27.
Persewing of Alexr. Forbes of Toweis with schottis of hagbuttis and pistolettis; 1627 Ib. 62.
Their wos monye schots off ordinance schot from the castell; 1644 Wemyss Corr. 91.
fig. Fair marks are hit with shots and shafts mischivous; Craig ii 21.
uninfl. pl. And so continewit daylie schuitting to the nommer of twa thowsand schott in the day; Pitsc. II 302/22.
Loskie Loncart schott thrie schott at the said ȝownge laird; 1590 Digest Justiciary Proc. M 17.
Quha … schott and delascht aucht schott of hagbuttis and pistollettis att the said Sir Thomas; 1597–8 Crim. Trials II 36.
The expencis of the warkmen that schot fywe schot in the castill; 1610 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 324.
The hoy hawing come wnder the shoat of the castell … the rebelles … powrit out a great many shoate one the twa boats that wer abringing in the hoay; 1615 Denmylne MSS in
Highland P. III 181.
Sum of the luiftenant's men … did gewe them a woille of shoat; Ib. 185.
Bothuell … schot at the paleiss sindry schott of mwscatt; Chron. Kings 145.
c. A shot, or ? series of shots, fired in sport at a nominated target as the subject of a wager or as (part of) a contest. See also Schuting vbl. n.1
In the hall of Strivelin, the king tynt on ane schot with the culveryne xiiij s.; 1507–8 Treas. Acc. IV 106.
d. An act or occasion of firing a gun as a salute.
Quhen nobill cummis heir … to vissit the same, thay get sum schot of the grit ordinance to thair bonevale; 1634 Maxwell Mem. II 252.
The kings maiestie … was welcomed with a very ioyfull declamation of the whole armie, as also with seuerall shoote both great and small; 1650 Lamont Diary 20.
The castell salutes the king at this supper with 32 schot of gryte ordinans; Spalding II 85.
e. The noise made by the firing of a gun.
He answerit, that he heard at the Kirk of Field like the schot of ane cannoun; 1567 Anderson Collect. Mary II 176.
[They] shot a peice or tuo vpoun the hous heid for a wairning … But the toun heiring the shot, [etc.]; Bann. Memor. 134.
f. Men of schot, ? bowmen or crossbowmen.
Ȝour men of schot so magill sall thair hors; Hay Alex. 1307.
The men of schot haid send thame sic ane flycht Thair mycht nothir silk nor sandall hald agane; Ib. 1368.
g. transf. The action of throwing, or thrusting with, a spear; a spear thus discharged as a projectile or missile.
(1) The laird of Cesfurd was slaine be the schot of ane speir; Pitsc. I 314/35.
(2) Mesapus … Twa … speris … Towart Ene … leit he glyde. Eneas hovit still the schote to abyde, Hym schrowdand vndir … his scheild; Doug. xii viii 110.
h. fig. ? A dispute or quarrel (lit., ? an exchange of shots).
But this paper shott quickly ended betuixt him and them; J. Gordon Hist. I 97.
5. The distance a missile will carry from the point at which it is discharged; the range of the shot.
For further instances, see archer(is shot, s.v. Archar n., Arrow schot, Bowschot, Flicht-schot and Mark-schot.
Wnder the schoat of (a place), within range of the firearms held therein.
Thay haue ane boumbard … Within quhose schote thare dar no enimeis Approche thare place; Lynd. Test. Pap. 941.
Dame Sensual with seage dar not assailȝe, Nor cum within the schote of thare artailȝe; Ib. 947.
Becaus baith the armijs war within schott of arrow, Maximus … gaif signe to ioyn; Bell. Boece (M) I 256.
Neere unto Leith, about twoe flight shott from the same; 1560 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 83.
Or thei approched, ney by the space of the schote of ane arrow, they caist frome thame thair … long weaponis; Knox II 356.
Thaj past … to the Dene, a dricht fra schote of the castell; Diurn. Occurr. 260.
Within a flight schoit to the Laird of Grantis place of Ballichastell; 1613 Misc. Maitl. C. III 36.
Thei broght the cannon within shoat of the castell; 1615 Denmylne MSS in
Highland P. III 182.
Wnder the shoat of the castell; Ib. 181 (see 4 b uninfl. pl. above).
Thay had appoynted it [sc. the Lammas fair] to be held … safflie within the liberties and without dainger of the castell schot; 1640 Dumbarton B. Rec. 61.
6. A missile or projectile designed or intended to be used in conjunction with engines of war, cannon or other firearms; ammunition for firearms, muskets, and the like.
See also Hail-schot n., Saker n. b.
coll. or uninfl. pl. (1) But all thai … that chargyt war With pailȝownys [etc.] … schot & wittaile; Barb. xi 125.
Spryngaldis and schot [C. schotis] on ser maneris That to defend castellis afferis He purwayit; Ib. xvii 247.
And gert his schippis by the se Bring schot & other apparaill; Ib. 293.
Thar wardis … war stuffyt … With stanys and schot & other thing; Ib. 351.
Thay war nocht busie at the forgerie, And wantit schot to thair artailȝearie; Hay Alex. 3014.
To bring again certane thingis … according to artilȝery, powder, schot and sic thing; 1474 Treas. Acc. I 69.
Thair was of canone, and cannone feir, myen, and battard, 500 shot at leist; Bann. Mem. 133.
Ane fort … quhairin wes artailȝerie, schote, fyre ballis, fyre speris [etc.]; Diurn. Occurr. 105.
Sakers of brase and yerne ii shot for them; 15.. Balcarres P. MS V 73.
The liwtenant … onlodnit the … shipis of the shoat, pouder and timber and such uther necessaris as belongit to the ordince; 1615 Denmylne MSS in
Highland P. III 180.
Tuelff hundreth wecht of cassin leid for schott; 1632 Edinb. Test. LVI 24b.
With 3 lastes of powder 3 fatts of matche demy-culverin saker minion falcon and falconett shott of eache one toune; 1639 Ruthven Corr. 14.
They … tooke a goune from him, with some small grathe for shoot; 1653 Lamont Diary 61.
(2) Gevin … to Maister Wolf and Cristopheir gunnaris for expens debursit … upoun … viij fyre perkis witht utheris fyre werk schot devisit be the kingis grace; 1540 Treas. Acc. VII 357.
Pray let me have a receate of making small shote, Prince Rupert's way; 1665 Argyll-Lauderdale Lett. 26.
400 pound lead shoot ¥1 16 s.; 1673 Leith Customs 49.
infl. pl. The duke bad forge wapnis and vther gere And all armour that ganit for the were And mekill of thair schottis war all consumit; Hay Alex. 3011.
Ane culvering … and schotes fur four ferynks of fine culvering poudyr; 1553 Old Ross-shire I 265.
fig. Out of thair throttis thay schot on udder Hett moltin gold … Ay as thay tomit thame of schot Feyndis fild thame new up to the thrott With gold of allkin prent; Dunb. (OUP) 152/64.
7. transf. A weapon which discharges a projectile. a. An artillery piece. b. pl. Muskets or the like; small arms.
a. With thre schott of doggis; 1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I 248.
xxx schott of greit artaillȝe and xxx feild peaceis; Pitsc. I 262/10.
Ane Inglis schip … had xx gret brassin schottis in hir; Ib. 185/28.
b. The marques … wreitis to his freindis to meit him without ony armes except suordis and schottis. … He lap on … about 60 horss, with suordis, pistollis and hagbuttis allanerlie; Spalding I 137.
8. transf. One armed with a musket or the like; a musketeer.
[When the aid of 300] schott [and 200] armed pykis [were craved]; 1565 Cal. Sc. P. II 211.
1594–5 Ib. XI 525.
He is 6000 good shot and pikes in pay; 1595 Ib. 620.
[The army … consists of 4000 very good men, most of them good] shott; Ib. 670.
9. A push given with the hand, a shove; ? a blow.
(a) The said Williame raklaslie gaive thé ane schott with his hand by him fra the happer; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 131.
Ib. (see 10 below).
He gave his wyff a shott with his hand upon the Sabbath day; 1640 Edgar Old Church Life 324 n.
Confest … he did give Thomas ane schott withe his hand; 1660 Rothesay B. Rec. 46.
(b) And confessit that he gave the persewer ane schoote and schote him to ane wall; 1639 Falkirk Baron Ct. 2 July.
10. A pain, illness or disease, caused, in popular belief (see SND Shuit v. 2) by a shot from an elf or fairy arrow, and used by witches. See also Elf n. 2 for further examples.
Rowll Cursing 68 (M) (see 3 b above).
Thow [sc. accused witch] said, and promeist thir wordis, thow suld put ane schot in his syde … that suld do hym gryter harme nor that schot did thé … ; immediatly thairefter, he contractis sic ane deidlie seiknes be ane schot in his syde vnder his oxtar; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 131.
Dilaitit of the cryme of sorcerie … and for vseing of thir charmes … for charmeling of cattell: I charme thé for arrow-schot, for dor-schot, for wondo-schot, for ey-schot, for tung-schote, for lever-schote, for lung-schote, for hert-schot, all the maist, in the name of the Father, the Sone and Haly Gaist. Amen; 1607 Crim. Trials II 536.
He … put one elff-arrow stone in the water becaus it was ane remedie against the fairies schott; 1628 Stirling Ant. IV 187.
11. In curling, the playing of a stone towards the tee.
Cf. 19th c. Eng. a shot in a ball-game (1868).
That at the curling on the ize he did say ‘The devil tak him if he get that shot’; 1694 J. Monteith Glencairn Parish (1876) 43.
12. fig. (The, a) (great) schot, (a person's) (chief) aim; the main purpose (of an activity).
Bothwelis great schot wes and is to haif had the prince in his hand; 1594 Warrender P. (SHS) II 43.
The great shott of Cromwell and Vane is to have a libertie for all religions; 1644 Baillie II 230.
The great shot of all preaching … to wit, the edification and salvation of the people; Durham Comm. Rev. 197.
The Lords great shot in all this is to get praise to Himself; Ib. 281.
Because the shot of all is to discover the beast under the last head; Ib. 641.
b. To have a schot (at a person), to have a means of doing harm (to someone).
They think to excommunicat me. … This is the onlie schott thai haue at me; 1615 Sutherland Bk. II 119.
The enemies have got a shot beneath their right wing; 1685 Hay Fleming Six Saints I 66.
d. proverb. To begin new schot new bod agene, to start again from the beginning.
Dauid Cuming, … New schot new bod quhair that he left befoir, Begouth agane the Scottis till oppres; Stewart 53466.
He towk fowrtei dokatis in his porss and went to Awerro to begin new schot new bod agene; 1602 Dundee Shipping P. 74.
13. A place from which fishing-nets are shot. Also attrib.
Cf. later Sc. shot, ‘in salmon fishing, a part of the river from which nets are shot, a reach; a fishing-ground at sea’ (SND), etc.
Also as a place-name element.
(1) That the burges and communite of … Renfrew ar in possessioune of the fisching of the schotts, quhilk is callit the sand orde; 1429 Lanark & R. 284.
The sade Alexander sal … do his diligens with labur to wyn a schot in the water of Tay for salmond; 1473 Reg. Cupar A. I 170.
1486 Ib. 232, etc.
In the watter and fischeingis … with tua vther schottis liand beside the said cruif wall callit the cruif walschot & brigschot; 1542 Fraser P. 177.
All and haill oure … fischings … the kingis watter … witht the schoettis in the see contigue jacent. to the Craigschoit … methit to the west as efter followes … the saidis schottis to be wsit ane pair of bwittis lyntht fra the hewin mowtht; 1567 Banff Ann. II 383.
And the salmond fisching callit the myddill schott within the see and fluid thairof; 1595 Ib. 403.
Quhilk assize … fand Renfrew was in possessioun of the schotts of the fysching of the sand bed; 1631 Dumbarton B. Rec. 36 (see quot. 1429 above).
(b) With the third part of the schoittis and fischingis within the see marchit and methit as saidis [sic]; 1567 Banff Ann. II 384.
Quhatsumever persoun that salbe fund … beggan or ravan fisch aither … at the watter syid or schoit with cobil net [etc.]; 1615 Inverness Rec. II 136.
attrib. Be the want wherof [sc. the ferry boat] the toune war forceit … to borrowe fra Sir George Ogiluye … his midil shoit boit; 1631 Banff Ann. I 67.
(2) De tertia parte piscarie de Crukytshot; 1452 Reg. Paisley 249.
Cum earum molendino piscaria et lie cowbill-drauchtis nuncupatis Crukitschottis (et Spittellschottis) super aqua de Clyde; 1550 Reg. Great S. 121/1.
Beginnand at the schott of the fisching callit the Hoilschott, and thairfra passand downe … the watter of Tay; 1584 (1586) Ib. 354/1.
[With the fishings of the] Priorschotts [at the mouth of the water of Aw]; 1602 Ardchattan Inventory in
Orig. Par. II i 151.
Pryoreshottis; 1631 Retours I Inq. Spec. Argyll (40).
(b) Piscatione vocata vulgo the Stellnetts of the Priors Shoots; 1697 Retours I Inq. Spec. Argyll (96).
b. The action of shooting a net into the water and hauling it in again; the draught of fish taken in the net, the haul.
That the maner and ordour of the fyft fysche paying salbe conforme to the ordour and wse of the diuisioun of the fischis tane wyth cobbill and net, that is to say at euerie mannis schot quha happynnis to be in that pairt of the watter salbe numerit sa monye fischis as thai get; 1568 Inverness Rec. I 164.
Ane wrangus complent aganis the said Johnne, allegeing him to haif tane schot of fische quhilk suld haif pertenit to the said Niniane; 1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I 133.
The said Helen maid ane pactioune with certane laxis fischearis … and promesit to caus thame fische weill … sche … delyverit unto him [sc. a fisherman] … four cuttis of salmond with ane pennie … and bad him put the samyn in the horne of his coble, and he suld have ane dosin of fische at the first schote quhilk came to pas; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 107.
14. A payment or disbursement; a contribution; ? a penalty, more generally.
Paid in the chans for 120 li., ilk li. 10 gis. Som of that schot, 5 li.; 1498 Halyb. 121.
1499 Ib. 181.
Call vpon me, and I sall heir, And saif thé from the schot; G. Ball. 150.
They tell her, they would money borrow, And come and pay their shot to morrow; Colvil Whig's Suppl. (1751) 56.
15. One of the processes carried out in tanning; ? the action of putting leather into the tanning liquid.
Tua daker of barkit ledder thrie daker of the first schot & xiij daker in the lyme; 1576 Edinb. Test. IV 211.
16. The sheath of a plough, see Pleuch n. 6 [18th c. Eng. in this sense (1733)]. Cf. also 19th c. Eng. shot the course of a plough (once, 1843).
[Nicol Merser declares] that the way was much broader at his enterie nor it is for the present and that the pleuche schoott is out and teillis out neirer and neirer the gate; 1658 Melrose Reg. Rec. I 206.
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