A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Sand-bed, n. Also: -bedde, sambed; sinbed. [Late ME and e.m.E. sandbedde (c1475), sand-bed. Written as one word or two.] A stretch or low mound of sand, chiefly or only one in or by the sea or other expanse of water; a sand-bank. Freq. as a place-name; also attrib.
(1) sing. Thai come on ane sand bed, traisting the samyn firme land, becaus it wes vncoueritt with watter; Bell. Boece (M) II 318.
The soldeouris … at Kingorne war resauit be the marinar quhilk on the nycht at eb see landit thame one ane sand bed; Boece 592b.
Hold the south syd of the entres to avoid a sand bed; Lynd. Rutter fol. 5 (B).
We were once teddered on a sand-bed, had the wind been as it was the day before … our veshell had been dung in shards; 1641 Baillie I 355.
The tounes commoun ground callit of old the mildam, now the green, from the kill doune to the sand bed; 1653 Peebles B. Rec. II 9.
1662 Lamont Diary 155.
[For] cutting ane sandbed … to cawse the current off the loch called Achenreoch ryn from the staiding dam to a low moss; 1670 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 75 (26 May).
1682 Peebles B. Rec. II 102.
(b) To the officeris for bringing over the beastes to the sinbed on ane mercat day; 1645–6 Dumfries Treas. Acc. MS p. 20.
attrib. For a key to the sandbed mylne doore; 1640 Dumfries Treas. Acc. MS 9b.
For the sandbedmill gyle 2 dalls att 3 s.; 1649 Ib. p. 31.
For thake to the sambed mille; Ib. p. 41.
(2) pl. xl s. for skaithe in his foirstair and sandbeddis; 1596 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 329.
Ad aquam de Nith prope lie sandbeddes; 1641 Reg. Great S. 361/2.
James Allaster is dilate of cursing & sweiring befoire his trade on the sandbeds vpon the day of the electioun; 1654 Dumfries Kirk S. 19 Oct.
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