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Se-gat(e, n. Also: sei-, sey-, sea- and -gait, -geit. [Se n.1 and Gate n.1]

a. A street adjacent to the sea; (the area of) the shore road; also (in Arbroath) as a surname. Also attrib. b. Distance or travel by sea.a. (1) c1281 Highland P. II 222.
Terram meam in le Segat juxta terram Nicholai dicti Chapelani [in Dundee]
1337 Rot. Sc. 493/1.
De quodam tenamento in Segate [sc. in Berwick]
1448–9 Ayr B. Ct. 20 Feb.
John Pettit [etc.] … recwirsit al the waist landis in the se gate
1586 Dundee Treas. Acc. in Soc. Ant. II 349.
To the messons that biggit … the seigait
c1587 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 5.
Land lyand on the south syd of the seageit of Dundie
(2) 1452 Liber Aberbr. II 79.
Inter terram Patricii Seygat … et [etc.]
1476 Acta Aud. 40/2.
Laurence Segate [in Arbroath]
(3) attrib. 1669 Arbroath Old Doc. 9/2.
From the hospital to the sea-gait port
b. 1576 Orkney Oppress. 59.
Fra the yle of Brassay to Swounburgh, quhilk is twentie myles of seagait

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