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BUNSUCKEN, Bunshaken, adj. [′bʌn′sʌkn, ′bʌn′ʃɑkn]

1. “Used of a farm that was tied to a mill” (Mry. 1914 T.S.D.C. I., s.v. bunshaken), i.e. obliged to have all the corn grown on that farm ground at a certain mill. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.19 1937. Bnff. 1880  J. F. S. Gordon Chron. of Keith 444:
Edintore being “bunsucken” to Oldmills, Elgin, the people had to go all that length with their mulctures.

2. Under an obligation, beholden (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1937). Mry. 1913  J. Grant in North. Scot (Nov.):
My caup's no alow your ladle, So I'm no bunsucken tae you.
Abd. 1929 1 :
A' widna be bun' sucken til her if I wis you an' hae tae rin at her cry; I'd cut ma'sel clear.

[O.E. bonda, bunda, a peasant proprietor, + O.E. sōcn, investigation, exercise of judicial power, jurisdiction, hence, area of jurisdiction; O.E. sēcan, to try to get, to investigate, Goth. sōkjan, Lat. sāgīre, to perceive.]

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"Bunsucken adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Mar 2018 <>



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