Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CARRY, n.2 “A weir or mill-lead” (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.). Not known to our correspondents. Sc. 1766  State of Proc., D. Macdonald v. A. Dk. of Gordon, Prisoner's Proof 9:
By reason of the lowness of the water, that the fish could not get over the carries.
Sc. 1883  Lord Saltoun Scraps II. 80:
Just above the Lady's Stream [of the Ness] is the Black Stream, across the foot of which a carry or dam runs diagonally . . . and before the Caledonian canal was made directed water to a mill on the northern side.

[Cf. Gael. caraidh, a weir (MacLennan); Welsh cored, id. (Spurrell).]

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