Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BARLAN', n. Also used attrib.

1. Land for growing bear. Cai.(D) 1909  D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 4:
Boys, gang ye te'e barlan reeg.

2. The season for sowing, or preparing the land for sowing, bear, prob. short for barlan time.   Ib. 3:
He [it] wis a bonny mornan, in barlan'.

[For bar (see Bear) + land, and cf. Barlin time.]

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"Barlan' n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Mar 2018 <>



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