Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
ALANE, Aleen, Alaen, adj., adv. Alone. Gen.Sc. Used like the St.Eng. form. [ə′len Sc.; ə′lin e.Ags., Abd., L.Bnff., I.Sc. + + ɛ; ə′lein e.Bch., Avoch, Cai.; ə′le1n sn.Sc. + i; ə′lɪən s.Sc. but ə′len centr. Rxb.]
Sc. 1737 A. Ramsay Sc. Proverbs (1819) 175:
Better be alane than in ill company. Sh.(D) 1891 Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 17:
An we'll awa an lave da twa Alaen in aa dir glory. Abd. 1918 C. Murray A Sough o' War 13:
An' mony a widowed cottar wife Is greetin' at her shank aleen. wm.Sc. 1835 Laird of Logan I. 91:
Tuts, man, and you're here alane after a'! Rxb. 1901 W. Laidlaw Poetry and Prose 13:
Last o' ma race, I'm left alane.
2. adv. Only, exclusively.
Knr. 1891 “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 63:
It's no' alane that futher's dear, Yowes stervin', an' the lambin' near.
3. Phrases: (1) Let alane, as in St.Eng., (a) leave without interference; leave undone; (b) not to mention; (c) trust (to do a thing). (2) Preceded by pers. pron. in oblique case (see also Lane): him alane, by or of himself.
(1) (a) Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xxx.:
Let me alane — it does me good to weep. Abd.(D) 1915 H. Beaton At the Back o' Benachie 95:
Mistress Cushney is a brow cratur', sae we'll lat her aleen. Gsw. 1898 D. Willox Poems and Sketches 39:
We could a' see that he wad just as soon sing as let it alane. (b) Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 54:
Thee naevs wad chok' the craig o' ony whal' that ever swam, let aleen thee muckle heid. Bch.(D) 1926 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Rev. (March) 113:
Wi' fyou papers an' nae railwys, lat aleen telegraphs an' telephones. (c) Sc. 1816 Scott B. Dwarf viii.:
“Speak him fair, Hobbie. . . .” “Let me alane to guide him,” answered Hobbie. Sh. 1886 “G. Temple” Britta 70:
As for stairvin', whaiver hes to want let alane Jim to get his fill. Mry. 1932 2 :
Lat the aul carl alane to get roon the wifie. (2) Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 38:
But three hail days were fully come an' gane, Ere he that task cud manage him alane. [Cf. Barbour Brus ii. 146: All him alane the way he tais.]
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