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Pleuch-stilt, n. Also: plewch-, pleugh-, plewghand -stilth, -still(t. [e.m.E. plough stylte (1523).]

1. A plough-handle. In the conveying of arable land sometimes passed into the new proprietor's hand as symbolic of the change in possession. [The sheriff-depute] deliverit the plewch stilt in the said Davidis handis vpone the arabill grownd thairof; 1581 Laing Chart. 256.
Buris, a pleuch stilt; Carmichael Etym. 23.
[Where the complainer was] ganging at the pleuch … [they] persewit him of his lyffe betuix the pleuch stiltis; 1599 Reg. Privy C. V. 555.
The maisteris of hospitall to sett ane tak of Mathow Lamb … and … to enter the said Mathow to the saidis landis be the pleuch stilt; 1622 Perth Kirk S. 14 Jan.
[The officer] enterit the said Jhon Maij in & to the … reall possessioun … be teeling and earing with … Jhon May his own pleuch & guds of ane litle … portion … as representing the remanent lands … and therefter be putting of the said Jhon betuixt the pleugh stilts & causing him … to teel [etc.]; 1638 Sc. Ant. I. 28.
Betuixt the pleugh stiltis; 1685 Elgin Rec. I. 336.

2. Only in Kirkcudbright: As a unit of land measure ment. Also in the Galloway dialect of the early 18th c. = half a ploughgate. Appar. obs. in this sense after 1724. Cf. Pleuch-hede n. b. I leue … to Johne Maxuell my sone the kyndnes of the pleuch still of Kirkbene with the croft of the Pow syde; 1579 Edinb. Test. VII. 147.
Plewgh stilt; 1665 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 96.
The plewghstilth of Nether Ersik; 1668 Galloway P. 14 Feb.
Pleugh stillt; 1670 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 385.
Of the halff of a pleugh stilt; 1672 Galloway P. 8 June.

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