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PLACE, n., v. Also plaice; pleece (Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man (1935) 18). See P.L.D. § 157. (1). Dim. placie, plaicie. Sc. forms and usages. See also Piece.

I. n. 1. As in Eng. Used adv. in pl. = to or into places. Cf. sim. U.S. usage to go places. Sc. combs. and phrs.: (1) adv. phr. nae (ony, some, etc.) place, no- (any-, some-, etc.) where (Ayr. 1923 Wilson D. Burns 65). Gen.Sc. Also as n., as in 1876 quot.; (2) place of repentance, see Repentance; (3) the bad place, = (5) (ne.Sc. 1966); (4) the guid place, -gueede-, Heaven, Paradise (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 27; Sc. 1880 Jam.; Sh., 1966); (5) the ill place, Hell, the nether regions (Ib.). See also Piece, n.; and Ill, I. m.Lth. 1857  Misty Morning 20:
It'll maybe learn him no tae clim' an' crawl places whaur he's nae business.
(1) Ayr. 1786  Burns Twa Dogs 11:
Whalpet some place far abroad.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Hallowe'en xiv.:
I daur you try sic sportin, As seek the foul Thief onie place.
Rnf. 1876  D. Gilmour Pen' Folk 1:
The dear old corner (“Naeplace”, we called it) where we used to congregate at gloamings.
Sc. 1964  :
Aye, A'm gaein some place else.
(3) Mry. 1898  J. Slater Seaside Idylls 95:
I thocht I saw the baad place, an' the gleams.
(4) wm.Sc. 1837  Laird of Logan 142:
I dreamt that I was dead, and that I gaed awa to the gude place.
Lth. c.1895  D. Cuthbertson Auld Kirk Minister 95:
She will never get to the good place.
(5) Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin iv.:
Three mile o' gait beyont the Ill-Place.
Rnf. 1876  D. Gilmour Pen' Folk 52:
I'll never believe the Lord ordeens ony ane tae the ill place.

2. As in Eng., now chiefly dial., the mansion-house of an estate (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 259; Sc. 1952 W. M. Alexander Place-Names Abd. (S.C.) 352), commonly as a place-name in phr. The Place of —. Combs. manor-place, id.; place-seat, the pew in a church assigned to the local landed family. Sc. 1713  R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) II. 163:
He lived in a country house near the place of Foulis.
Ork. 1725  A. Peterkin Notes (1822) 213:
When the pyrates landed they . . . marched with their armes towards the manner place.
Sc. 1773  Boswell Journal (Pottle 1936) 372:
I was glad to have at length a very fine day, on which I could show Dr Johnson the Place of my family.
Abd. 1791  J. Newte Tour 171:
It was the mansion, or manor-place of the Barony of Philorth.
Per. 1802  S. Kerr Poems 8:
Sin that time whan we coft the cow, Down at Balrachan place.
Ayr. 1826  Galt Last of the Lairds v.:
Jock inquired if I was for “The Place,” as the house of Auldbiggings was commonly called by the servants and villagers.
Fif. 1831  Fife Herald (4 Aug.):
The Place, or Home Farm, contains about 200 acres.
Dmb. 1863  St. Andrews Gazette (19 Dec.):
The front seat in the north gallery, commonly known as the “Place Seat,” as it belongs to the House of Cumbernauld.
Gall. 1876  M. M. Harper Rambles 250:
The ancient tower or castle called the Old Place of Mochrum.
Peb. 1964  Stat. Acc.3 95:
Kilbucho Place — “Place” is the usual term for the principal estate residence in these parts.

3. Gen. in dim. form placie, a small farm or croft (Ork., n.Sc., Ags. 1966). Comb. ferm-place, id. Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxxv.:
Andro Souter's farm placie, bein' within twa oors' journey o' Dundee.
Cai. 1871  M. MacLennan B. Blake ii. xxiii.:
I hae got a bit o' a plaice oot awa' at the back o' Fanflare. I'll hae twa score acre for saxteen pun o' rent.
Abd. 1912  Buchan Assoc. Mag. (Jan.) 1:
Nae very big, jist a twa-horse placie.
Fif. 1926  I. Farquhar Pickletillie 123:
Beechknow wad jist be an ordinar' ferm placie withoot the beeches.
Kcd. 1933  L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe (1937) 15:
He moved to Glenbervie and there took a place.
Ork. 1956  C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 58:
If the Peerie Laird wad sign a paper maakan the placie tae him.
Abd. 1964  Scots Mag. (Aug.) 463:
Long before subsidies were thought of, the sale of the stirk was reckoned to pay the rent of many a “wee placie” in Lowland as well as Highland Scotland.

4. In Mining: the length of coal-face assigned to each miner, “a room in stoop-and-room working” (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 51; Ayr. 1966). w.Fif. 1952  B. Holman Diamond Panes 58:
He looked out for a “place o' his ain” when he would be allocated a small part of the coal “face” in one of the coal seams to produce the coal.
Dmf. 1962  J. C. I. McConnel Upper Nithsdale Coalworks 56:
A Place is where two miners work as “neighbours”, generally an older and a younger man. A place was the heading or room between pillars.

5. In dim. form with def. art., a nick-name or familiar name for the town of Forfar in Angus (Ags. 1966). Ags. 1928  H. Lauder Roamin' 109:
Forfar is known far and near as “The Plaicie”.

II. v. 1. As in Eng. Deriv. placer, a kind of playing marble, one placed in the centre of the ring to be knocked out (Ags., Edb. 1966).

2. In the Presbyterian Church: to settle a licentiate or Probationer minister in his first charge; also occas. to induct an ordained minister to a new charge. Vbl.n. placing, the appointment by the Presbytery of a minister-elect to his new congregation, sometimes loosely used to include the ceremony of ordination or induction. Comb. placed minister, -clergyman, an ordained or practising clergyman in charge of a parish or congregation. Sc. 1733  P. Lindsay Interest Scot. 124:
Where one placed Minister dies at least three young men are licensed.
Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian vi.:
Butler replied, that he was in orders, but was not a placed minister.
Ayr. 1821  Galt Annals Intro. 1, 4:
I was placed and settled as the minister of Dalmailing . . . The great opposition that was made to my placing.
Ags. 1864  Arbroath Guide (23 Jan.) 2:
I mind fine o' the day yet on whilk he wis placed.
m.Lth. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick iii.:
I maun alloo that nae man could ha' düne better, for a guid while after he was placed.
Kcb. 1898  Crockett Standard Bearer xii.:
I ken I am too young and light and foolish to be fit company even for a probationer, let alone a placed minister.
Uls. 1902  A. McIlroy Druid's Island 77:
Wad ye tak' him to be a place't man or a laycentiate?
Fif. 1905  S. Tytler Daughter of Manse II. v.:
Only the bands of a “placed” minister was wanted to make his fitting costume complete.
Rxb. 1916  Kelso Chron. (17 March) 4:
Aa'm just gaun away up tae see Nell and hear aboot the placin' o' the minister.

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