Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BACKET, BACKIT, n. A wooden box for carrying fuel, ashes, etc.
Abd.(D) 1915 H. Beaton At the Back o' Benachie 20:
Raking all the ashes with a wooden rake into a “backet,” she “flung th' aise tae th' midden.” Ags. 1894 “F. Mackenzie” Humours of Glenbruar xix.:
The aise is i' the backet. Per. 1857 J. Stewart Sketches 62:
Ye've lang dispens'd, too, wi' a backet To haud your aise. Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller of Deanhaugh 39:
An auld tar, wi' a cloutit jacket An' wooden limb comes wi' his backet. Arg. 1901 N. Munro Doom Castle vii.:
Mungo . . . climbing the stairs with backets of peat or wood.
Combs.: (1) Ash backet, a box for ashes and household refuse.
Kcb. 1893 S. R. Crockett Stickit Minister (1895) 155:
Bordered with frugal lines of “ash backets.”
(2) Backet-stane, the stone on which the “saut-backet” rested.
Ags. 1875 J. Watson Samples of Common Sense in Verse 66:
Backlins he gapin' wide retired Ayont the backet-stane. Per. 1816 J. Duff Poems 123:
At length it reacht the backet stane.
(3) Saut-backet, — backit, a small wooden box for holding salt, kept near the kitchen fireplace.
Abd.(D) 1875 W. Alexander Life Among my Ain Folk (1882) 94:
Ye'll get yer shavin' leems o' the skelfie ahin the saut backit. Lth. 1819 J. Thomson Poems 36:
A pocker, tangs, a good saut backet.
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