Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FLANNEN, n. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. flannel. Also flan(n)an, flannin, flanine, flaning, flaunin, flainen, flennen. Freq. used attrib. Also found in Eng. dial. [Sc. ′flɑnən, ‡Gall. flɛnən]
Sc. 1700 Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.):
Novr. 28: Payed 2 counts for baze, flanan, etc. to him. Inv. 1726 Steuart Letter-Bk. (S.H.S.) 265:
Your mother . . . had her corps dressed in good fflanings, and a handsome coffin. Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Louse vi.:
I wad na been surpris'd to spy You on an auld wife's flainen toy. Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxxiii.:
Ow! it was naebody but Jeames Johnston, wantin' a bit flannin for's wife's coatie. Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden (1922) ii.:
Wi' her chowks a' rowed up wi' reid flannin'. Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 17:
If I'm spared I'll need new flannen petticoats next winter. Tyr. 1929 “M. Mulcaghey” Rhymes of a Besom Man 83:
But me, an' all the world knows, There's virtue in red flannen still.
Hence flannenette, flanninette, flannelette (Cai.7, Bnff.9, Abd.27, Bwk.3 1952).
Sh. 1898 Shetland News (15 Jan.):
I wid see his new flanninette. Ork. 1949 “Lex” But-end Ballans 16:
Print aprons, shirts, an' flannenette.
Phrs.: (1) flannen bannock, a girdle scone (Ags.19 1951); (2) flannen biscuit, humorously for an oatcake (Abd.27 1951); (3) flannan broth, milk-sops, sweetened with treacle or sugar (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Ags.17 1945).
(3) Abd. 1930 Abd. Press and Jnl. (31 Oct.):
The query as to what constituted “flannan broth” revived visions of many a dinner table, the meal consisting of “steepit loaf,” bread soaked in boiled milk.
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