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Lowry, -ie, -é, Loury, -ie. [Common Sc. hypocoristic form of the personal name Lowrence, found as a forename from 1467 and as a surname from 1497 (G. F. Black The Surnames of Scotland (1946) s.v. Lowrie). Cf. also Lawrie.]Only quots. from verse occur in our collection.

1. As the common personal name. a1500 Colk. Sow i. 214.
And Symy … With his lad Loury
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2659.
Than Kyttoke thare … Gaiff Lowre leif at layser to loupe on
15.. Christis Kirk 101.

2. As a name given to the fox = Lowrence b, Laurence.First occurring in Henryson's Fable of the Lion's Parliament, applied to ‘the sone and air of the foirsaid fox, callit Father wer’, who is also, like his father, called (Henr. Fab. 877, 973, 998 etc.) Lowrence, Lourence etc. (also, in v.rr., Lawrence, Laurence, tod Laurence). Also (the) tod Lowrie. — a1500 Henr. Fab. 938 (H).
Se neir be tuentie mylis quhair I [the Lion] am The kid ga saiflie … , The tod lowrie [B. Se tod lowrye] luik not to the lam
Ib. 945.
Than tod lowrie luikit [B. Tod Laurence lukit vp] quhair he couth lour
Ib. 987.
Cum furth, Lowrie, lurkand vnder thy hude
1571 Sat. P. xxix. 21.
Ȝitt I beleiff ols mony myndis thochte, Ha, Loury, ha, ha! Quhen Dauid vnder the sek did loure

b. As a common noun: A fox. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxii. 15.
The tod wes nowder lene nor skowry, He wes ane lusty reid haird lowry

3. Used as a name of address or reference to a person with the fox's attributes of knavishness or craftiness. b. A knavish, crafty person, a knave or rascal, a ‘fox’.Also Lawrie. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 2473 (B).
Ryis vp, Lowry, ȝe luik evin lyk a lurdane
1567 G. Ball. 209.
Had not that blissit bairne bene borne Sin to redres, Lowreis, ȝour lyues had been forlorne For all ȝour mes
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 55.
Now Holyglas returning hame, … Men heiring tell how Lowrie landit [etc.]
Ib. 328.
With this the word yead through the toun How lurcan Lowrie played the lowne
Ib. 350, 639, 1098.b. c1568 Lauder Minor P. ii. 45.
Loude leand lowreis for thair sleuth Was treatit
1567 Sat. P. iii. 83.
Unles ȝe … trewlie try the gyltie of this blude Ȝe wilbe repuite lowreis ouer all landis
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 473.
To heir the mone the pure folk makkis, … Cryand, ‘A wengance from the hewin Come doun on this deceatfull Lowrie [: Gowrie]’
Ib. 365.
Yit few or nane this lowrie [v.r. this loun] beleavit
c1590 J. Stewart II. 221 § 87.
In land so monie lourking louries lyis Vith ewill intentions for to virk me noy

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