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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Arthuris hufe, oon. Also: hove, howe, hoif, huyf. [The forms hove, etc., are app. due to a misreading of (h)one oven, or a misunderstanding of the equivalent southern ME. (h)oue. The proper form is indicated by the early furnus Arthuri and the late Arthur's oon.]

1. A round building formerly standing near Carron, of which varying accounts are given by the old historians. 1292 Reg. Neubotle 175.]
[Ad opus … molendini del Stanhus quod iuxta furnum Arthuri infra baroniam de Dunypas situm est
a1447 Bower Chron. I. 51.
Quam cum Arthurus rex Britonum, … sæpius, ut dicitur, recreandi gratia invisere soleret, a plebeis propterea Arthuris Hove dicebatur
1526 Boethius Hist. xiv. vii.
Arturi … nomen supponi iubet, atque illius vocari regiam, quod & in hanc vsque nostram memoriam tenet vernacula Scotorum lingua Arturi Hof appellantium
1531 Bell. Boece II. 378.
He commandit the round tempil beside Camelon to be cassin down … Yit the inhabitantis saiffit the samin fra uter eversioun, … and commandit it to be callit Arthouris Hoif
1535 Stewart 7475.
In that same sted that tempill standis still, … Quhilk now adais callit is Arthuris h[o]we
Ib. 48824.
All the laif … He gart lat stand and wrait vpoun the wall ‘Arthuris hufe’, quhilk is to say, his hall
a 1639 Spottiswoode Dict. (MS); s.v. Arthur's Oon (J).
As to K. Edward giving it the name of Arthur's Hoff or house, it had the name of Arthur's Oon or Kiln long before K. Edward entered Scotland

2. The constellation Arcturus. 1513 Doug. iii. viii. 21.
Of euery starn the twynklyng notis he … Arthuris huyf, and Hyades betakynnand rayn
Ib. viii. Prol. 152.
The elwand, the elementis, and Arthurus hufe

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