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SKIRLIE, n. Also skirly. A dish of oatmeal mixed with chopped onions and fried in suet or fat in a pan (Mry. 1911; ne.Sc. 1951 Sunday Post (5 Aug.)). Gen.Sc.; also a kind of rissole with sim. ingredients sold by bakers to be heated up for a meal (Fif. 1970). Mry. 1914  Trans. Bnff. Field Club 26:
Crackens, bayheads, and skirlie are formed of fish livers and oatmeal cooked together.
Abd. 1948  Huntly Express (14 May):
Potties for rinnin' doon the suet for skirlie.
Arg. 1966  Hist. Ford (S.W.R.I.) 37:
Skirlie made from oatmeal, onions and dripping.

[Shortened dim. form of skirt-in-the-pan s.v. Skirl, v., 8.]

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