Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CURRACH, CURRAGH, Currok, Curroch, Currough, Corr-, Currick, Courach, n.1 A coracle, a small wickerwork boat covered with hides; “a skiff or small boat, formerly used by the inhabitants of S[cotland]” (Sc. 1808 Jam., currach, currok, currough). Also used attrib. Arch. and hist.
Sc. 1729 T. Innes Critical Essay II. 660:
The corroughs made use of as yet in some places of Scotland, which can contain conveniently but two men at once. Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick I. xv.:
Our bit curragh's no that rackle sin it got a stane on Monanday was aught nights. Inv. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XIII. 134:
A man, sitting in what was called a Currach, made of hide, in the shape, and about the size of a small brewing-kettle, broader above than below, with ribs or hoops of wood in the inside, and a cross-stick for the man to sit on. . . . These currachs were so light, that the men carried them on their backs home from Speymouth. Mry. 1705 W. Cramond Court Bks. Regality of Grant (1897) 19:
Fined ¥50 for abusing of the laird of Grant's curroch fishing upon Spey. Mry. 1775 L. Shaw Hist. Prov. Mry. 164:
Let me add, as now become a Rarity, the Courach. . . . It is in shape oval, near three feet broad, and four long. Bnff. 1926 W. Gill in Bnffsh. Jnl. (18 May) 8:
The currick in the sworles rose, An' swayed fae side to side. Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage, etc. 137:
The river taking a sudden bend, broadened and deepened into a wheel, on the breast of which a salmon cobble, or currach swam.
Hence curracher, a man who sat in a currach and guided floating timbers down the Spey.
Sc. 1701 J. Grant Seafield Corresp. (S.H.S. 1912) 329:
And the currachers pains for transporting them to the bote off Bog.
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