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GILL, n.1, v. Also †jill; †jel(l) (Gall. 1723 Session Bk. Minnigaff (1939) 430–431).

Sc. usages:

I. n. 1. In Sc. measure, one fourth of a Mutchkin, or about three-fourths of the Imperial gill. For Hawick gill, see Hawick. Dims. gillie, gillock, jillock. Ayr. 1786  Burns On a Sc. Bard x.:
I'll toast you in my hindmost gillie.
Dmf. 1817  W. Caesar Poems 140:
But hark! at eve he tunes his sang, When o'er his jillock sitting.
Sc. 1844  Justiciary Reports (1846) 301:
“Thirteen gills imperial,” that number of gills imperial being exactly equivalent to sixteen gills Scots.
Per. 1857  J. Stewart Sketches 15:
An' a gillock to Benjie the Bookman.
Bnff. 1888  in J. S. Skinner Logie Coll. 95:
She brought a gillie and a glass, And slyly named the figure, O!

Combs.: †(1) gill-bells, the bells which rang at 11.30 a.m., see third quot.; †(2) gill-sipper, a tippler; (3) gill-stoup, see Stoup; †(4) gill-wife, an ale-wife; (5) gilly shop, a tavern. (1) Edb. 1721  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 121:
To Ed'nburgh, Sir, when e'er ye come, I'll wait upon ye, there's my Thumb, Were't frae the Gill-bells to the Drum [10 p.m.], And take a Bout.
Edb. 1735  Occasional Tinclarian in a Letter to Sir John de Graham 21:
About the Gill-Bells . . . he averred he would give me the best roasted Back-Sey in all the Canongate.
Edb. 18th c.  H. G. Graham Soc. Life Scot. (1899) I. 89:
The citizen shut his shop, or left his wife to tend it, when the St Giles' Bells rang at half-past eleven — a well-known sound which was known as the “gill-bells”, because each went to his favourite tavern to take his “meridian”, consisting of a gill of brandy, or a tin of ale.
(2) Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel xxi.:
A few old topers used to take their morning draught, and a few gill-sippers their modicum of strong waters.
(4) Bwk. 1856  G. Henderson Pop. Rhymes 84:
Peggy Little, the gill-wife, has broke some charm wi' her rowantree beetle or kirn-staff.
(5) s.Sc. 1802  Prophecy in 19th Cent. 18:
There was na a public-house, or jilly shop, or coffee-house, or hotel, in a' Embro', but what Jock kent by lug-mark.

2. A vessel holding a gill, a gill-measure. Dims. gillie, jilley. Sc. 1747  Caled. Mercury (July) 14:
All Sizes of Wine and Ale Decanters, Cruits, Tumblers, Jugs, Jilley, Salts, Salvers.
Edb. 1809  A. Stewart Poems 6:
I coft a drap o' Norland blue And down craig's close twa toothfu's threw Frae maister gillie.

II. v. To drink (gills), tipple. Also in Yks. dial. Gsw. 1856  J. Strang Gsw. Clubs 123:
Forenoon gilling prevailed through the whole range of the different craftsmen.
Lnk. 1881  D. Thomson Musings 118:
They sat an' gill'd an' gill'd awa'.

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"Gill n.1, v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/gill_n1_v>

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