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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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Sit house, n. Also: sitt hows, sithous(e. [Sit v. 7 and Hous n.1 Cf. Sete n. 16 d.] A dwelling-house. 1439 Cop. St. A. 178.
A bern, a bire, and a sit house
1589 St. A. B. Ct. 18 Nov.
To flitt and remove him selff his wyffe familie guidis and geir furth and fra that sitt hows and thrie stabillis
1672 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 387.
The hall and sit house with all the byers without the gait
1684 Dunkeld Presb. I 468.
The whole manse, sit-house and office-houses
1699 Belhaven Rudiments 29.
Your entry to your sit-house may be … kept clean
1699 Belhaven Rudiments 29.
Let all sithouses as they call them stand east and west, their doors and windows to the south, because they are warmest

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