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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Dag, n. Also: dage, dagg. [e.m.E. dag (1587), of unknown origin.] A heavy pistol or hand-gun. (Common c 1570–90.) 1566 Reg. Privy C. I. 494.
That nane presume to weir or carie upon thame ony culveringis, daggis, pistolattis [etc.]
1567 Acts III. 29/2.
Culveringis, daggis, pistolettis, or ony vther sik ingynes of fyrewark
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 62.
Thai straik the said Walter Chepman … with daggis, battownis, and greit endis of speris
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 113.
The lord Huntlie stoutlie discharged his dag at the cuming in againe of the port
Ib. 247.
Johne Durie with his calliver and tua dagis
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 248.
My lord Regent wes schote with ane dag … throw the flank
1576 Digest Iusticiary Prot. I. 8.
Foirscoir persones, all bodin in feir of weir with jakkis, steilbonnettis, halbertis, daggis & pistolattis
a1578 Pitsc. II. 177/1.
The Duike of Gwyse was slaine … be the schot of ane dage tressonablie
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 117.
The schuter of the dag … suld remane in waird but relief
c1590 J. Stewart 39/320.
His dag misga, the snapvark vas not fyn
1596 Dalr. II. 327/20.
The Inglismen shot with arrowis, dartes, and dagis

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"Dag n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 7 Oct 2022 <>



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