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LIGGAT, n. Also ligget(t), lig(g)ate. A small wooden gate, usu. self-closing, a swing-gate, freq. one shutting off pasture from arable land (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 316; Dmf. 1894 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. 151; sm.Sc. 1960). Also attrib. and in place-names. For phr. loup-the-ligget, see Lowp, v., 9. (8). Bte. 1707  Rothesay T.C. Rec. (1935) II. 581:
The east calfe ward set to Robert Wallace . . . with the burdon of grassing the tounes calfes and upholding a ligget gate at the west end.
Dmf. 1746  R. Edgar Hist. Dmf. (1915) 22:
The Old Heretor's waste grounds, where there is a Liggate and Stairs to go up for a road walk.
Ayr. 1790  J. Fisher Poems 107:
As they did rin wi' sic a faird, They brak the liggat o' the yard.
Gall. 1822  Scots Mag. (Dec.) 719:
Ye'll see a ligget i' the gudeman's sheep-dyke — pass through, and steek it ahint ye.
Rxb. a.1860  J. Younger Autobiog. (1881) 35:
The bits o' lassies were out list'ning for us at the head o' the liggate as we came up.
Sc. 1875  A. Hislop Anecdotes 325:
At another time when “right about wheel” was required, he attained his object by asking them to “come round like a ligget, lads!”
Kcb. 1893  Crockett Stickit Minister xxiii.:
He was playing bogles up by the minister's liggate yestreen.
Wgt. 1904  J. F. Cannon Recollections 112:
Lae the liggate open.

[O.Sc. lidyate, 1170, lidgait, 1540, liggitt, 1679; O.E. hlidgeat, a folding door, hinged gate.]

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