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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Guttar(e, Gutter, n. Also: gwtar, guther, guttour, guit(t)or, -er, gooter. [e.m.E. and ME. gutter, ME. guter, goter (a 1300), OF. gutiere.]

1. A channel made to carry off water on the ground, esp. a street gutter.(a) 1443 Reg. Cambuskenneth 127.
[To] lay guttaris of leid … and pend brasis to be flure to kechingis
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 281/2.
Fra the wall of the samyn [tenement] to the commoun guttare
1512 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 140.
To clenge rewes, windis, closis, and guttaris, bayth on baksyd and foresyd
1530 Ib. II. 29.
The guttaris of the tovne ar full of filth
1542 Ayr Common Good Acc.
For redding of the gwtaris in the querrell
1556–7 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 77.
To mak symound [= cement] to calphat the guttaris
(b) 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 238/2.
The said voult havand … fra the wall of the samyn [tenement] of breid to the commone gutter [etc.]
1538 M. Works Acc. V. 37.
To Michell Calsaymakar, for his complet ending of the Frensh calsay … betuix the gutter aind the wall
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2908.
His fathers heid he hiint of haistelie, And in ane gutter he kest it neir haind by
1583 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 287.
Jhonn Gilcryst, smyth, to sett vp aine traveis … besyde his smiddy … swa that he pas nocht ower the gutter
1628 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 21.
A number of choppis biggit and extendit on the Kingis calsie outwith the gutter
1650 Peebles B. Rec. 390.
The said Mariown sal … nother resort to kirk or mercate or transgresse to go abroad attowr her awin guther
1660 Dunferm. Kirk S. 55.
The kirkyaird may be made dry if there were a gutter under the graves
attrib. 1597 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 186.
[The council] ordanis the thesaurer to caus croceband the gutter-hoill at the Kowgaitt port
(c) 1683 Corshill Baron Ct. 165.
That none … hinder the sinkes and gooters … in the doun fall with the descent of the ground
1686 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 83.
He wes … dragged … thorow the guitors, myres and street

2. A gutter on a building.(a) c 1550 Corr. M. Lorraine 442.
Lang before Ywle I send our grace leid cassin for beiting of the leidin rwfis and gwtaris of yowr grace werk in Falkland
1568 Edinb. Test. I a. 119 b.
Twa working burdis, … ane guttar of bras
(b) 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 351.
For dichting of the gutteris and spowtis above the Kirk
1556 Ib. 367.
To Johne Werre, … for casting of the lidne gutters
1564–5 Edinb. Old Acc. Ii. 203.
The leid quhilk was cuttit furth of the gutteris of the kirk
For laying of the guitteris
1590 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 19.
To caus win and bring in … staynes to the gutteris of the kirk ruif
1626 Ib. VI. 332.
To hald cleine the gutteris of the Ald Kirk and Colledge Kirk
(c) 1590 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 63.
To the skletter for redding the guttouris and mending the riging of the hous

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