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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).

Sclate-hous, Sclait(t)-hous(e, Slait(t)-hous, n. Also: sklate-, sklait(t)-, sclat-, sklat(t)-; slet- and -houss(e. [Sclate n. and Hous n.] A house with a slate roof.(a) 1435 Ayr B. Ct. 3 Oct.
Twa markis of annuale rentis out of his sklate hous
1448 Aberd. B. Rec. I 17.
Ane other litil sclate house liand in the Chekar
1483 Reg. Episc. Brechin. II 116.
Ad magnam anteriorem domum vulgariter dictam Richart Chapmanis foyr sklatt hous
1489 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 13.
John Orok of the sklathous one kyrkyard dik
1495 Exch. R. X 494.
Et de firma domus alias constructe apud Blaknes, nuncupate le Sklatehouse
1565 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 33b.
The sclat hous be vest the cors
1576 Ib. 162.
The hyche hous callit the slet hous
1646 Retours I Inq. Spec. Haddington (205).
Lie girnells et sklathouses apud lie Sandwell
a1651 Calderwood VII 607.
The fire … brunt the whole toun, some few sclat houses excepted
1679 Galloway P. 17 April.
Sclat housse
(b) 1506 Prot. Bk. J. Young 369.
The sclait house of the saide land … with the equale part of the orcheart and erable land
1511 Reg. Privy S. I 351/2.
To sell and analy … the dowcroft and sklaithous in Kirkcudbrycht
1535 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 155.
Ane tenement of land … callit the sclaithous
1542 Treas. Acc. VIII 94.
For … beting and pointing of the mekle sklait hous, at the abbay ȝet to kepe the munitionis
1553–4 Reg. Great S. 198/1.
De domo tegulata, vulgo ane sklait hous
1564–5 Linlithgow B. Ct. 10 March.
The sclaithous in Blaknes
1572 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson 130b.
The sklait hous of the said … land
1581 Inverness Rec. I 290. 1583 Glasgow Prot. VIII 80.
Thee heich sclait hows nixt adjacent to the foir hows of … Thomas Kennedy
1588 Exch. R. XXI 405.
Sclaitt hous
1599 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 316.
Sklaitt hous
1600 Retours II Inq. Spec. Wigton (20).
Cum alia domo vulgo vocata The Abbot of Glenluce's Skaithouse [? for sklait-]
1611 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 87.
His buithis of the sklaithous
1649 Cramond Ch. Rathven 19.
A sklaithouse, watertight
1677 Cullen Kirk S. 1 Sept.
Ane sklait house built therupon by me for the mantenance of ane poor schooll boy … as the mortificatione beares
1688 T. Brown Diary 53.
Jon. Traill's meikle sclait houss in Kirkwall
(c) 1533 Wigtown B. Ct. fol. 284a.
For the wrangus occupying of the lytyll slait hovs
1664 Peebles B. Rec. II 61.
Slaitt hous

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