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Hauch, Hawch, n.1 Also: hawh-, (h)auche, haucht, hawcht, haugh(e, hawgh. [Later forms of Halch n.] A haugh.(a) c 1240 Liber Calchou 244.
Cum pratis, pasturis, et hawhes
1375 Barb. xvi. 336.
In the hawch of Linton-le He gart thame mak a fair maner
1512 Selkirk B. Ct. MS. fol. 18.
And alsua the landis and hawcht betuix the dik ... and water is common alsua
1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 23.
Amyd the hawchis … The recent dew begynnys doun to scaill
1554 Liber Dryburgh 290.
The wther akir lyand in the west hawch
1578 Glasgow Chart. II. 559.
The said Lunyngis hawcht, betuix the loyne on the northt and Clyd on the southt
1595 St. A. Test. II. 226.
The tyme scho wes furth in the hawch
(b) 1457 Exch. R. VI. 324.
De firmis terrarum de le Quenys Hauche
1464 Peebles B. Rec. 152.
The balyais … has set and to ferm lattyn … the Quhyt Auche … dorand thair willis
1475 Ib. 175.
A fre lonyng throw the said auche
1533 Boece viii. vii. 262 b.
That euery Scottis man abil for were … suld convene in ane hauch besouth Calidon wod
1567 Liber Dryburgh 396.
To the bigging of the buttis in the hauch
1588 Prot. Bk. A. Lawson 169.
Thrie riggis of … landis lyand contigue in the schott callit the hauchis
1607 Stirling B. Rec. I. 118.
Ane grite number of pure, baithe within and without the toun in the hauche
1627 Rep. Parishes 37.
And of ane uthir hauch of land belanging to the myline
1650 Strathbogie Presb. 140.
Ther [thay] layed of and designed ane vther litle hauch of the forsaid landis
(c) 1505 Reg. Cupar A. I. 260.
Tua [acres] tane out of the est end of the Kemphil haucht
1546 Fam. Innes 115.
Extending … to the deid dreich of Hervis haucht
1554 Reg. Cupar A. II. 118.
The tway acris … nixt adjacent to the Galloraw haucht
(d) 1596 Reg. Great S. 194/2.
Ane stane infixt and set on the brayheid on the haugh callit the Barhaugh
1638 Adamson Muses Thr. 25.
These haughs of fair and fertile ground
1660 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 232.
He hes payit nothing for the hawgh
1688 Hawick Arch. Soc. Trans. (1868) 36/1.
The common haugh betwixt the said water and the said path
attrib. 1671 Forbes Baron Ct. 285.
The actis mad anent … the medow gras and hauch gras
1637 Macleod P. (Reg. H.).
His thrie dailes of haucheland lyand at the hauche barnes
1674 Elgin Rec. I. 318.
That no inhabitantis tak anie clay out of … the haucheland of Elgin

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