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LARACH, n. Also laroch, lairoch, lerroch, -ock, leeroch, leiroch. [′lɑrəx, ‡′lerəx]

1. A site, foundation, stance, esp. of the remains of an abandoned or ruinous building (Bnff., Rnf., Ayr. 1825 Jam., lairach, leeroch; ne.Sc., Per. 1960). Inv. 1756  Caled. Mercury (27 Nov.):
Item, a waste Rood or Larach in the Kirk-street, valued at 1200 l. Scots. Item, the Feu Duties of several Larachs within the Town of Inverness, to be set up at 376 l. Scots, being 13 Years Purchase.
Rs. 1762  W. MacGill Old Ross-shire (1909) II. 391:
Now I see they have fallen all ruinous … not better than larachs.
Rs. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 XII. 273:
They have continued in the same possession and on the self-same Larach.
Cai. 1869  M. Maclennan Peasant Life Intro.:
“The larachs,” or building-stances, stretch along the road in prolonged disorder, for no feuing plan regulated the early years of the village.
Abd. 1872  J. G. Michie Deeside Tales 141:
An' George Brown used to tell that, when he was young, the larach was quite distinct.
Sc. 1925  H. M'Diarmid Sangschaw 14:
Earth's littered wi' larochs o' Empires.
Bnff. 1925  G. B. Cumming A'anside Lilts 10:
The laroch o' the hoosie. Where I spent my laddie days.
Per. 1943  Scots Mag. (Feb.) 336:
The larach of what was once a ferm called Cronaherie.
Sc. 1952  Scots Mag. (Aug.) 403:
Everywhere the larochs of well-built little cottages falling away, tumbled tombstones to a vanished race.

2. A site in gen., a place, stead or situation. Comb. midden-lairach, the site of a dunghill, a midden-stead (Bnff. 1825 Jam.; Per.4 1950). Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 139:
In its auld lerroch yet the deas remains.

3. The foundation of a hay- or corn-stack made of brushwood, stones, etc. (Slg. 1825 Jam.). Comb. stack-lairoch, id. (Per. Ib.). Abd. 1931  Abd. Press & Jnl. (2 Feb.):
In West Aberdeenshire words such as “hooick,” “stook-lairoch,” … are not now well-known.

4. A lair in a peat-moss. See Lair, n.1, 6. Kcb. 1705  Urie Court Bk. (S.H.S.) 113:
Ilke tennent keep ther owen larache and wnder moss dry and levell.
Ayr. 1825 ,
Will ye gang a day to the Leeroch?

5. The collecting bed to which mussels are taken when gathered from the scaup (Rs. 1911).

6. A heap or collection of any kind of material, a mass of rubbish (Rnf., Ayr. 1825 Jam.). Lnk.   Ib.:
A lairoch o' dirt.

[O.Sc. has laruche, = 1., from 1508, Gael. làrach, the site of a building, a ruin, a habitation, Ir. láithreach, ruins of a building.]

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