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BLANKET, n. Used as in St.Eng. but note the following. See also Blue Blanket.

1. A banner, in the phr. to say bo(o) to your (yer) blanket. See Bo, int.

2. Combs.: (1) Barred blanket, a tartan plaid. Abd. 1862  Bnffsh. Jnl. (24 June) 6:
The corpse of the suicide was wrapped in a tartan or what was then called a barred blanket.
[In the Hist. Papers relating to the Jacobite period, ed. by Allardyce, Captain Scott reports from the Braemar Barracks (23rd July 1749) that he had apprehended a man for wearing a plaid and carrying a party-coloured great-coat under it. The local Justice of the Peace having refused to try the case, the Captain had to take his prisoner to Aberdeen. The Sheriff there would not convict the man, alleging that he was wearing a “dyed blanket” and not a plaid. On 20th August the Captain again reports: “I have taken up and sent to Aberdeen another Highlander for having a plaid of different colours which I think the Sheriff cannot call a blanket as he was pleased to call the other.” From this it would appear, that in order to escape the penalty for wearing Highland dress enforced after the '45 the plaid was dyed to hide its chequered pattern of different colours. It was then called a blanket. See Bar Plaid.]

(2) Blanket-fair, bed. “Awa' tae blanket-fair” (Abd.4 1929).

(3) Blanket-heezie, “one who tosses another in a blanket” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.). See Heeze.

[O.Sc. blanket, blankat, blancat, a white, woollen cloth (D.O.S.T.). Mid.Eng. blanket (c.1300), O.Fr. blankete, blanquette, from blanc, white.]

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"Blanket n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Oct 2018 <>



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