Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BUGDALIN, Bugdalen, Bugdelen, Bugdelling, Bugdealling, Buckdealling, Buckdaning, n. [′bʌgdələn]
†1. The ceiling of a ship, i.e. the inside planking of a ship's bottom. Also attrib.
Ork. 1716 Traill Accs. of Ork. Trading MS.:
To the laying of the bugdealling being 3 days work for 3 men ¥3. 12. Ork. 1719 Ib.:
And for bugdelling dealls etc. to the Hellen of B. Stoness in Sanday.
2. Anything used to line the hold of a ship before putting in the cargo; hence packing of any kind (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); 1914 Angus Gl.); “loose material to fill in between stones in building a wall; bedding placed under animals in an open boat; odds and ends in a bag; any loose material lying in a heap, e.g. in the corner of a lumber room or in one's pocket” (Sh. 1914 A. Brown in T.S.D.C. I., bugdalen).
Ork. 1715 Traill Accs. of Ork. Trading MS.:
To . . . expenses loading said ship at Orkney bugdalen yrto and makeing the debenture. [Also spelt buckdaning (1728).] Inv. 1718 Letter-Bk. Bailie J. Steuart (ed. W. Mackay 1915) 80:
And if can Dispose of the balks, weights, and bugdelen at the rait they coast, doe it, as youl see by Mr Simsons accot. [Also spelt buckdealling (1729), p. 332.]
3. As a fig. extension of above: needless or impertinent talk.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Boy, du's spekkin bugdalin.
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