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Hege, Hedg(e, n. Also: hage, haige; heigh; edge; pl. hegg(e)is, heghgis. [ME. heg(e, hegge, OE. hegg, *hecg.] A hedge.The earliest example is the place-name Quikeheg (c 1170), Quikege (c 1150).(a) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1722.
Vnto ane hege … Of small birdis thair come ane ferlie flicht
1500 Dunferm. B. Rec. 112.
The syd hegis to be partit betwene thaim
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 34.
On every syde the hegies [sic] rais on hicht
Id. Tua Mar. W. 13.
To the hege … I inthrang
1582 Glasgow Prot. VIII. 81.
To the downmest hege quhair the garding stane standis
(b) 1457 Acts II. 51/2.
That na man mak ȝardis nor heggis of dry staikis … bot allanerly of lyffand wode
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 81.
Giffin for thornis to the heggis of the new garding
1513 Doug. xii. Prol. 167.
Endlang the heggeis thyk
1529 Dundee B. Laws 546.
Quhar the heggis of grosaris standis
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 208.
He … sall wphald the heggis, dykis, and alais … within his boundis of the said ȝard
(c) c1475 Wall. xi. 21.
Hagis, alais … Fulȝeit and spilt
1562-3 Winȝet I. 14/23.
I socht … ane man that wald mak vp the haige
Ib. II. 54/21.
The serpent sal byte him quha cuttis the haige
(d) 1535 Acts II. 343/1.
In planting of woddis, making of edgeis [v.r. heggeis], orchartis, ȝardis
1598 Crim. Trials II. 35.
Thay stuid darnit betuix tua edgis [v.r. hedgeis]
(e) 1494 Loutfut MS. 40 b.

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