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CHANGE, n.

1. An alehouse. Prob. so called because it was the place where the post-horses were changed. Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 28:
He had no far tae gang; for Ma'n's Slater keepid a change i' the hoose o' Purgatory.
n.Sc. c.1730  E. Burt Letters North Scot. (1818) I. 185:
As we were passing by the Door of a Change, one of them, the Weather being Cold, proposed a Dram.
Mearns 1796  J. Burness Thrummy Cap (n.d.) ll. 74–75:
Aside the kirk dwalls Robbie Dorat, Wha keeps a change, an' sells guid drink.

Combs.: †(1) change-fo'k, tavern keepers; (2) change-house, an alehouse (Fif.10 1939); see also cheenge-hoose s.v. Cheenge, n. and v.; †(3) change-keeper, an innkeeper (Per., Lnk. 1825 Jam.2); †(4) change-wife, a female innkeeper. (1) Rnf. 1807  R. Tannahill Poems and Songs 81:
Unlike the puir, sma' penny-wheep, Whilk worthless, petty change-fo'k keep.
(2) Abd.(D) 1900  C. Murray Hamewith 64:
The soldiers drink in the change-house free.
Fif. 1895  “S. Tytler” Macdonald Lass ii.:
The very lassie in the change-house whipped out when she had a guess who the soldiers were after.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Holy Fair xviii.:
Now, butt an' ben, the Change-house fills.
(3) Abd. 1710  Records Burgh Abd. (1872) 339:
They find that stables are greatly wanting for accomodating strangers horses, . . . and that change keepers should be encouraged for the accomodating of them.
(4) Ayr. 1790  A. Tait Poems and Songs 291:
The change-wife bonnily she'll bloom.

2. Custom, business patronage. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.9 1939. Kcb. 1814  J. Train Strains Mountain Muse 95:
And soon they find, that people to them Strange, Will use them much discreeter for their change.

Phr.: to gi(v)e change, to get —, to give, get custom (Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl., give —; Bnff.2, Abd.2 1939). Bnff. 1939 2 :
Noo that I've sattl't aside ye, I howp t' get yir change.
Abd. 1898  E.D.D.:
Dinna gyang bye ma door, bit gie me yer change.

3. Payment, the whole money due for a purchase (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.). Not known to our correspondents.   Ib.:
Sir, I've called for the change for them pea-rods.

[O.Sc. has change, etc., a small inn or alehouse, from 1609, and change-house, chainge-, from c.1620 (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Change n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Jan 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/change_n>

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