Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BELL-TOW, n. Bell-rope. [′bɛl′tʌu] Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 43:
Forthwith to congregate the people, He socht the bell-tow i' the steeple.
Bwk. 1933  (per Slg.3):
Bell-tow, heard by me at Chirnside.

[According to N.E.D. Tow, q.v., a rope, is chiefly Sc. Bell-tow occurs in O.Sc. 16th and 17th centuries. See D.O.S.T.]

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