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BAWSANT, Bawsened, Bawsand, Bawsent, Bausent, Bausined, Bassened, Baisoned, Bastened, Bauson, adj. Having a blaze, a white spot or streak on the face, brindled; gen. used of animals, but applied also to men. [′bɑ:sən(d), ′b:sən(d) Sc.; ′be:sənd sm.Sc.; ′bɒ:sənd s.Sc.; ′bɑstənd Cai. Final t is also heard for d.] Sc. 1824  R. K. Douglas Poems and Songs 111:
I've a hadden yont the law . . . A bassened yad and owsen twa.
m.Sc. 1917  J. Buchan Poems 36–37:
Ilk kirn and fair, Clippin' and spainin', was a cheerier place For ae sicht o' his [the drover's] honest bawsened face.
Hdg. 1801  R. Gall Poems and Songs (1819) 31:
Till he wad fetch some neighbours roun', Wha wad their best assistance gie In seeking for the bawsand quey.
Gsw. 1877  A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake, etc. 54:
For lassie bit cats, like their betters, ye ken, Are unco taen-on wi' the crack o' the men, An' jist for a blink o' a tam's bawsent face Wad let slip, owre the heid o't, a moose in the chase.
Ayr. 1789  D. Sillar Poems 118:
Your bausent Cout, your Quey, an' rigget Cow, Right bein will keep a thrifty wife an' you.
Kcb. 1789  D. Davidson Seasons 99:
Wad tap the hallan wi' his hazle kent, And, speer gin they had seen his bawsant ram.
Kcb. 1894  S. R. Crockett Raiders xxxi.:
I ken the breed by the bonny baisoned face o' him.
Slk. a.1835  J. Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) III. 12:
When I lookit again, there was a fine, plump, bausined roe-deer lying, an' the blude streamin' frae her side.

Comb.: bauson-faced, bastened-faced, with same meaning. Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xxviii.:
Ye might try it on the bauson-faced year-auld quey.
Cai. c.1920 1 :
Bastened-faced, said of a horse with white shield in face.

[O.Sc. bausoun, basoun, bausond, bawsoun(d), used of horses marked with white, exceptionally applied to a cow (1694). O.Fr. bausen, bauzan, having a white mark on its face, Mod.Fr. balzan, a black horse with white feet, from It. balzano, white-spotted. Cf. also in Eng. dial. bauson, a badger, from the white mark on its face, Welsh bali, blaze on horse's forehead (Eng.-Welsh Dict.), Mid.Eng. balled, Mod.Eng. bald.]

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"Bawsant adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jun 2018 <>



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