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Pleuchland, n. Also: pleuche-, pleucht-, plewche-, plewgh-, pluch-, plowgh- and -lande. [ME. and e.m.E. plouȝ-lond (c 1394) ‘the name used in the northern and eastern counties of England, after the Norman Conquest, for the unit of assessment of land, based upon the area capable of being tilled by one plough-team of eight oxen in the year’ (OED.) (approx. = 120 acres), f. Pleuch n. 1 and Land n. 4. Cf. ON. plógs-land an acre (the normal area ploughed in one day). Cf. also Plewland n.] A ploughland, equivalent to eight oxgangs or (more or less) 104 acres: see Oxgang n. = Pleuch n. 4. See also Pleuchgang, Pleuchgate, also Carrucat(e n. and Davach n. Ony landis or rentis … within the pluchlande of Macgylcrist; 1392 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 25.
Et uno le pleuchtland dicte ville de Andat; 1520 Exch. R. XV. 587.
The said James [etc.] … hes sauld heretablie to me ane plewche land of … Petfour; 1581 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 407.
The … pleuche land … to be lauchfullie redemit and the said … to have fre regress and ingress to the said pleucht; Ib.
Everrie pleuch land within the parochin to be stentit to three punds and everie mylne to be stentit to ane pleuch and everrie walk mylne to be stentit to half ane pleuch; 1595 Lorimer St. Cuthbert's 109.
Pluchland; 1652 Banff. Field C. (1901) 33.
Ane plewghland [of the lands of Ingliston]; 1664 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 82.
[His tenants] plowgh land [of Drumoir]; 1679 Ib. II. 147.

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