Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BA(A)ND-STANE, -STONE, n. “A stone going through on both sides of a wall; thus denominated because it binds the rest together” (Jam. 1808). Sc. 1816  Scott Black Dwarf iv.:
I am amaist persuaded it's the ghaist of a stane-mason — see siccan band-stanes as he's laid.
Sc. 1898  A.W. in E.D.D.:
Such a stone helps to give strength and solidity to the part of the wall in which it is built. There may be a number of band-stones in one wall.
Sh. 1933 5 :
Dat's a guid baand-stane; dunna brak him.
Bnff.  2,
ne., w., s.Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B. 47:
Band-stane. A stone extending the thickness of a wall; a bond-stone.

[Occurs in O.Sc. 15th and 16th centuries.]

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