DSL - SND1   HAUGH, n. Also hauch (Sc. 1808 Jam.); +halch (e.Lth. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 II. 18); haw; and dims. haughie, hauchie. A piece of level ground, gen. alluvial, on the banks of a river, river-meadow land (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 193). Gen.(exc. I.)Sc. Also used fig. and attrib.
    Phr.: to gang frae the hauch to the hedder, see HEATHER, 3. (4). [hQ(:)x, ha(:)x; also, esp. in place-names, hQ:, ha:]
    *Sc. 1703 Chrons. Atholl and Tullibardine II. 7:
    There came a fearfull speat Wednesday last, which covered the greater part of the haugh of Tullichmulin with sand and stones.
    *Rxb. 1718 J. J. Vernon Hawick (1900) 140:
    Riding a race in the common haugh.
    *Abd. 1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shep. MS. III. 114:
    Bra' lang green haughs by ilka burn an' strype An' hazel-nutt heughs an' hawthorne berries rype.
    *Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (1925) 28:
    Cauld shaw the haughs, nae mair bedight Wi' simmer's claes.
    *Ayr. 1786 Burns To W. Simpson xii.:
    O sweet are Coila's haughs an' woods.
    *Mry. 1796 Sc. Musical Museum V. 503:
    A bloody battle then began Upon the haws of Cromdale.
    *Inv. 1808 J. Robertson Agric. Inv. 12:
    A gravelly soil, a sandy soil, the soil called haugh, and a clay soil, depend upon two united causes --- the strength of the stream, and the lightness of the particles of which they are composed.
    *Dmf. 1822 A. Cunningham Tales II. 308:
    Alas! alas! the bonnie haughs of Orr, and the fair holms of Dee, will be wasted on loons and limmers.
    *Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet Letter iv.:
    A haugh, or holm, of two acres, which a brook of some consequence . . . had left upon one side of the little glen.
    *Rxb. c.1885 W. Laidlaw Poetry and Prose (1901) 29:
    Through daisied haughs, by ferny braes, The limpid, glittering streamlet strays.
    *Bwk. 1892 Proc. Bwk. Nat. Club 22:
    If ye build it on the shepherd's haw, There it'll stand and never fa'.
    *Arg. 1914 N. Munro New Road xvi.:
    The place they stood on was a haugh where clothes were bleaching.
    *Ags. 1915 V. Jacob Songs of Ags. 20:
    But an auld man aye thinks lang O' the haughs he played amang.

    Combs.: (1) haugh(ing)-gr(o)und, low-lying ground, meadow-land by the banks of a stream (Sc. 1825 Jam.); (2) haugh-head, the upper part of a haugh. Common in place-names; (3) haughland, = (1) (Fif. 1899 J. Colville Vernacular 13). Also used attrib.
    (1) *Lnk. 1776 Caled. Mercury (11 Dec.):
    About 108 Scots acres, of a rich soil, mostly haughing ground, pleasantly situated on the banks of the Clyde.
    *Slg. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XVIII. 130:
    Then follows what is called haughing ground, such as is usually found upon the banks of rivers.
    *Lnk. 1795 Ib. XII. 34:
    The haugh-ground is generally ploughed 3 and sometimes 4 years, for oats, and then allowed to lie as long in natural grass.
    *Edb. 1895 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 161:
    As guid a bit o' haugh-grund for crappin as there was in the parish.
    (2) *Slk. 1835 Hogg Wars Montrose III. 12:
    There will be sic a day on that haugh-head the morn as never was in Ettrick forest sin' the warld stood up.
    (3) *Abd. 1712 Fintray Court Bk. (S.C. 1935) 22:
    To sow this present year an equal proportion of their haugh lands with pease.
    *Rxb. 1811 A. Scott Poems 19:
    His braid fields o' haughland corn, On flood red tumbling waves are borne.
    *Lnk. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 VI. 458:
    Superior in flavour to those produced on other soils, whether what is called dry-field or haughland.
    *Inv. 1952 Scots Mag. (Aug.) 346:
    The reedy unproductive haughlands will blossom as the rose.

    [O.Sc. halch, halgh, etc., very common as second element in place-names from 1165, hawhe, c.1240, hauch, from 1457, haugh, from 1596, id., haucheland, 1674; O.E. halh, healh, corner, nook.]