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Darg, n. Also: darge, darig(g. [Variant of Dark n., with unusual change of k to g.]

1. A day's work, spec. of harvest-work. Tha faithles folkis for that same darg and deid Wes quit rycht weill sone efter to thair meid; Stewart 38449.
For sex scheraris dargis ȝeirlie of the saidis ȝeiris, ilk darg sex penneis; 1567 Edinb. Test. I. 39 b.
Sayand that they had done the quene and him ane trew darge that day; Pitsc. II. 41/24.
Tuelff scheir dargis at four schilling the darg; 1611 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 332.
Thair was restand awand … to the Lady Congiltoune thrie scheirers darges at iiii s. the peice; 1661 Ib. LXX. 123 b.

2. a. A quantity (of turf, peats, or hay) representing a day's work. Cum … quibusdam dariggis turffis super mora de Murtoun consuetis; 1566 Reg. Great S. 431/1.
The said Dauid grantit licience … to cast ij or iij dariges of dovatis; 1575 Prot. Bk. J. Scott MS.
The tressonabill raising of fyre in sex dargis of peittis being standing vpoun the ground of Grene Leyis; 1579 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 82.
Proprietaris of the four dargis of turvis eftir specifeit; 1586 Prot. Bk. J. Muschet 5.
Burning of xxx fourscoir dargis of hay, with ane kilfull of malt; 1605 Crim. Trials II. ii. 451.
Standing in the said barne ȝaird thrie darges of hay, pryce of ilk darg viij lib.; 1641 Edinb. Test. LX. 12.
His desyre … to cast ane darge of divoittes … foranent his hous; 1659 Peebles B. Rec. II. 48.

b. An extent (of meadow) which can be mowed in a day. Half ane darg of medow; 1582 Edinb. Test. X. 324.
Thair haill meidowes and grasse … amounting to … ane hundreth saxtie aught dargis of meidow; c 1655 Rep. Hist. MSS., Var. Coll. V. 165.
They … did cut doun and mow above threttie darg of midow; 1668 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. II. 485.

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"Darg n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 May 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/darg>



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