Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BEJAN, BEJANT, BAJAN, Baijen, Bejaunt, Bejaune, Bigent, n. A first-year student at a Scottish University. The term is now used only in Aberdeen and St Andrews. [′bedʒən but St Andrews ′bidʒənt]
Sc. 1708 J. Chamberlayne St. Gt. Britain ii. iii. xi.:
The first year the Students [at Edinburgh] who are called Bajans, are taught only Greek. Sc. 1864 J. H. Burton Scot Abroad I. v.:
The statute of the Universitas states that a variety of predatory personages fall on the newly-arrived bejaune, demanding a bejaunica, or gratuity. Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxx.:
Ye'll easy fa' in wi' some lang-leggit bejan that'll be prood to instruc' ye. m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood iii.:
You should have been a regent in the college of St Andrew's, and hammered sense into the thick heads of the bejaunts. Fif. 1812 W. Tennant Anster Fair (1871) ii. xiv.:
Up from their mouldy books and tasks had sprung Bigent and Magistrand to try the game. Fif. 1901 N. Munro Doom Castle xvii.:
He was a bejant of St Leonard's. Gsw. 1927 D. Murray Old College of Glasgow 21:
A student in his first year [at Glasgow Univ.] was known as a Bajan, or Bejan, that is, a bijaune, bec jaune, or “Yellow-neb.”
Hence baijen hole (see quot.)
Edb. 1825 R. Chambers Trad. Edinburgh (1929) 155–156:
A shop which all old Edinburgh people speak of with extreme regard and affection — the Baijen Hole — situated immediately to the east of Forrester's Wynd and opposite to the Old Tolbooth. The name . . . seems to bear reference to the Baijens or Baijen Class, a term bestowed in former days upon the junior students in the college.
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