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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Cote-, Coit-, Coathous (e, n. [Cote n.2 Cf. Cothous.] A small cottage.(a) 1513 Doug. xii. ix. 47.
A puyr cote hous he held, and buyr hym law
1595 Duncan Appendix.
Tugurium, … a cote house
(1603) Anc. Prophecies 16.
Well is the man … That hath an cote hous into Fyfe
(b) 1595 Edinb. Test. XXVIII. 16 b.
He leawis his said spous the saithous and barne with the coithous
1607 Acts IV. 382/1.
The landis callit the akeris … with the four coithousis and ailhous lyand also thairintill
1634 Edinb. Test. LVII. 31.
He … leeves … to … Ianet Iamesone … the best coit hous the raw be west the west end thej duall into
1641 Reg. Great S. 358/1.
De terris … brasinis lie Brewlandis, tenementis vulgo coithousis seu coitsteadis earundem
(c) 1627 Reg. Great S. 375/2.
Lie coatlandis et coathousis ville de Mertoun
1642 Aberd. Sheriff C. III. 41.
The said defendar tuik ane coat hous and ane yeard … from the said persewar
a1651 Calderwood IV. 678.
Sir William … finding him in a coathous apprehended him
1689 Lanark B. Rec. 233.
The tennants of these landes shall sett no coathoussis to any persone whatsomever
1702 Househ. Bk. Gr. Baillie 13.
For mending a coat house

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