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GARNEL, n. Also garnal. See also Girnel.

1. A granary. Also fig. Ayr. 1821  Galt Ann. Parish xxxix.:
[He] brought in two cargos to Irville on purpose for the parish, against the time of need, making for the occasion a garnel of one of the warehouses of the cotton-mill.
Rnf. 1827  W. Taylor Poems 68:
Nature's garnel has ay routh Baith for the back as weel's the mouth.
Ayr. 1836  Galt in Tait's Mag. (Jan.) 30:
Though this is in a manner holy writ, concerning the general carnality of the place, yet it's no a town without garnels of the Lord in by places.

2. A meal-bin (Ayr.8 1932, “fairly often heard in country districts, very rarely used by old people in town,” Ayr. 1954). Ags. 1861  R. Leighton Poems 24:
He scrimps the auld wife baith in garnal and caddy.
Ayr. 1875  A. L. Orr Poems 27:
Kate . . . tae the garnel gaed And in the basin a' the aitmeal laid.

[O.Sc. has garnale, garnel(l), etc., as above, from 1489, variant of Girnel with assimilation to Eng. garner.]

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"Garnel n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 11 Dec 2018 <>



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