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INFIELD, n. Also -feild; -feedle (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xlv.), -feidle (Abd. 1900 Scots Mag. (March 1934) 431). One of the two main divisions of an arable farm of the 18th and early 19th c. before the practice of crop rotation, consisting of the best land nearest the farm-buildings, kept continuously under crop and well manured with winter dung; in Sh. and Ork. the arable land running up to the hill-dyke. Also attrib. Now only hist. or arch. Cf. Outfield. Abd. 1760  A. Grant Improvement Land 53:
Infield or land still in bear and oats, and dunged every third year.
Ayr. 1772  Burgh Rec. Prestwick (1834) 103:
The arrable land of the burgh of Prestwick extends to about 200 acres, but in point of quality the same do consist of two distinct or separate divisions, the one what is called the infeild, or in other terms the croft land, which are situated close or hard by the town of Prestwick.
Bwk. 1778  A. Wight Husbandry II. 343:
A part of it had been kept in tillage for time immemorial, which went by the name of infield, and was generally dunged every five years; the other part, namely the outfield, by far the greatest, was wholly neglected.
Abd. 1795  Session Papers, Leslie v. Fraser (29 March 1805) 70:
The said croft has, ever since he remembers, been considered infield ground, and constantly under labour.
Sc. 1820  Scott Monastery xiii.:
The Tower of Glendearg was distant, and there was but a trifling quantity of arable or infield land attached to it.
Sh. 1877  G. Stewart Fireside Tales 26:
A glebe o' guid infield land.
Ork. 1922  J. Firth Reminisc. 3:
The land below what is now the new public road was infield common pasture land.
Sc. 1955  J. Beith The Corbies 70:
Here's me packed away in the in-field at Dalree picking tatties.

[In, + field. O.Sc. infeild, id., 1548.]

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