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BOYNE, Boine, Boyn, Bine, Byne, Bowen, n. More common in m. and sm.Sc. than in the north. [bɔɪn, bəin Sc., but Per. + bʌuən, e.Per. + boɪn (Sir James Wilson)]

1. “A flat broad-bottomed vessel, into which milk is emptied from the pail” (Lth. 1825 Jam.2); “a broad shallow dish made of staves, for holding milk” (Per. Ib., bowen). m.Sc. 1928  “O. Douglas” Eliza for Common xiii.:
An' I've some guid thick cream, for Jeannie at Hill-foot skimmed the best o' a milk-bine for me.
em.Sc. 1918  J. Black Gloamin' Glints 117:
Dae ye kep it [rain] a' in milk boynes at Crooklan's?
Edb. 1823  M. and M. Corbett Petticoat Tales I. 334:
I saw your gudeman throwing the whole milk out of the boines, that he might fill them with whiskey punch.
Ayr. 1821  Galt Ann. Parish iv.:
It had fallen into a boyne of milk that was ready for the creaming.

2. A tub, esp. a washing-tub (Bnff.2, Kcb.1 1935). Abd. 1928  J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 23:
She . . . teem't the heavy bine.
m.Sc. 1870  J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 30:
Ye wad lauch to see her washin' Hardly heicher than the bine.
Arg. 1932 1 :
Gie the byne a syne afore ye pit the elaes in't.
Gall. 1930  (per Wgt.3):
Seeing the mess which had been made of her clean floor, she exclaimed, “My certes, if I had the yin wha whammled that boyne on my clean flair, I wad cloot his lugs.”

3. Anything of a rounded shape, e.g. a halo. Sc. 1701–1731  R. Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club 1842) II. 143:
When she opened the courteans she saw like a boyn, as she expressed it, about her head.

[O.Sc. boyn(e), a shallow tub, also bowine (D.O.S.T.); cf. Norw. bûna, a tub, from *buðna, O.N. boðn, vessel for mead (Torp).]

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"Boyne n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jan 2019 <>



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