DSL - DOST   Spence, n.  (?) ---  The new grein cloth with frain3ie wes ... placed upon the fronte spence, or foir seat, in St. Magnus Kirk; 1688 T. Brown Diary 51.

 DSL - SND1   SPENCE, n., v. Also spense, spens. Sc. forms and usages. [spens]
    +I. n. An inner apartment of a house, a parlour variously used as a sitting room, small bedroom, breakfast room, larder or store-room for provisions, domestic equipment such as a spinning-wheel, loom, etc. (Lnk., n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc., Lnk., Ayr., Dmf. 1971). See also BEN, n., 4. Comb. spence-door, the door opening from the kitchen into the spence (e.Sc. 1825 Jam.). Also in Eng. dial.
    *Ayr. 1702 Munim. Irvine (1891) II. 318:
    For ane roff and thrie ribs at 6s. 8d peece to the spence . . . £1 6 8. For ane new ash couple to the spence £3.
    *Sc. 1707 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) I. 94:
    [She] went to the spense to prayer.
    *Rnf. 1733 in Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) L. 6:
    I now furnished byre, insett and spence with jeists and ribs.
    *Ayr. 1786 Burns Vision ii.:
    Ben i' the spence, right pensivelie, I gaed to rest.
    *Dmb. 1794 D. Ure Agric. Dmb. 17:
    The house is generally one story high, and consists of a large kitchen, and room or spence, as it is usually called.
    *Ayr. 1811 W. Aiton Agric. Ayr 114:
    On larger farms, another apartment which entered through the in-seat, was called the spense in which were stored the meal chest, sowen tub, some beds, a cask into which the urine was collected.
    *Sc. 1814 Scott Waverley xvii.:
    In one large aperture, which the robber facetiously called his spence (or pantry) there hung by the heels the carcasses of a sheep, or ewe, and two cows lately slaughtered.
    *Sc. 1820 Scott Monastery xv.:
    The spence, or public apartment, in which, at the early hour of seven, the morning-meal was prepared.
    *Slk. 1824 Hogg Shep. Cal. (1874) xii.:
    But and ben, ae while i' the spence, ane i' the awmrie.
    *Per. 1835 J. Monteath Dunblane Trad. 41:
    The posse of robbers were permitted to depart one by one, ``through the muckle bunker o' the spence,'' leaving their arms behind.
    *Sc. 1844 W. H. Maxwell Wanderings I. 180:
    A peg behind the spence door.
    *Mry. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 XIII. 155:
    The old butts and bens, with kitchen and spens, were abolished.
    *Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 17:
    The aucht-day clock . . . That nicht stood silent ben the spence.
    *e.Lth. 1885 S. Mucklebackit Rhymes 200:
    Mrs Horsman abruptly made entrance into the ``spence'' with the precious babe to be operated upon.
    *Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders xxii.:
    I sent Marion to bed in the spence. . . . The spence door gied a bit cheep.
    *Edb. 1928 A. D. Mackie In Two Tongues 16:
    The hoose is braw --- the lobby uncae swell, The spence adorned wi' nackets, curtains, fern.

    +II. v. tr. To take someone into the inner room of a house.
    *Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 14:
    His mother cried to spence him, and bed him wi' the bride.

    [O.Sc. spence, c.1420, Mid.Eng. spence, a pantry, aphetic form of dispense, O.Fr. despense, id.]

 DSL - SNDS2   SPENCE, n., v. I. Add quot.:
    *wm.Sc. 1980 Anna Blair The Rowan on the Ridge 43:
    Andrew Sillars was from quite a bien family in Dreghorn. His father's cot was superior to most and had a second room to the living room, a well-furnished spence.