Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
STEADIN(G), n. Also sted(d)ing: steeding; stidden. [n., em.Sc. (a), wm. and sm.Sc. ′stɛdɪn; Ork., em.Sc. (b) and s.Sc. ′stidɪn]
1. A building site, a piece of ground on which a house or row of houses is built; the site of the buildings on a farm (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 438; Uls. 1953 Traynor), freq. in phr. steddin o houses.
Sc. 1714 Rec. Conv. Burghs (1885) 123:
A steeding of ruinous houses. Bte. 1728 Rothesay T.C. Records (1935) II. 717:
A piece of ground in the Burgh called Newhouse stedding. Gsw. 1761 Glasgow Past and Present (1884) II. 433:
Several lots or steadings for building upon. Ags. 1767 Session Papers, Gordon v. Panmure (16 Dec.) 7:
North-ferry consists of a few Steadings of houses. Edb. 1772 Edb. Ev. Courant (19 Dec.):
A Scots acre of ground. — The steeding of houses included. Bwk. 1795 J. Bonner Bee-hives 29:
In my own native parish of Coldingham. there is a steeding called Bee-Edge. Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xv.:
The spaces of ground between their steadings and the crown or middle of the causey. Uls. 1899 S. MacManus In Chimney Corners 251:
My father's new castle was a buildin' (in the steddin' of the old one).
2. The buildings on a farm, sometimes including and sometimes excluding the farm-house (Clc. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 VIII. 603; Sc. 1808 Jam.; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 268; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein: Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. Also attrib.
Ayr. 1789 Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 360:
Improving a farm, building a steading of farm-houses. Edb. 1796 H. MacNeill Waes o' War 23:
House, nor hame, nor farm. nor stedding! Sc. 1816 Scott B. Dwarf vii.:
The steading's a' in a low, and the bonny stackyard lying in the red ashes. Dmf. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 IV. 542:
On a number of farms of the parish, the steadings have been rebuilt. m.Lth. 1870 J. Lauder Warblings 77:
Far away the nearest steading. Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep Head 269:
The bargain ye mak' aboot the steedin'. Ags. 1899 Barrie W. in Thrums xi.:
The Bog was a bigger farm in thae days than noo, but I daursay it has the new steadin' yet. Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 19:
Winter! A' the steading catties, Sick o' hameart mice an' ratties. s.Sc. 1936 Border Mag. (April) 51:
The steedin's lettin' in the rain. Mry. 1949 Northern Scot (30 April):
The new-washen claes are blaan a, owre the stidden.
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