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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Kelpie, n. A kelpie, the water-spirit, as in the later dial. For Older Sc. we are able to cite only the following place-name.) — 1674 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 17 Oct.
Umquhill John Lownes halfe skair at the East of Kelpie hoall

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