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Wattir gate, Wat(t)er gate, n. Also: wattir-gait, watter gait(t, watir gaitt, water gait(e. [North ME and e.m.E. watergat (1368-9), watergate (1408); Gate n.1]

1. The name of a street (chiefly or only in Perth). 1563–4 Reg. Privy S. V i 439/2.
Infra burgum de Perth inter terram quondam Alexandri Raa ex boreali, aquam de Tay ex orientali, communem vinellam transeundo e vinella vocata lie Wattergait ad aquam de Tay ex australi
c1580 Lindores A. 424.
The greit luidging in Perthe yeirlie ten pound. The luidging in the watir gaitt [etc.]
1600–1 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 108/10 6a.
He … saw Alexander Ruthuen … ryn throw the water gait with ane drawin suorde

2. = Wattirgang n. 1, a watercourse. 1590 Reg. Great S. 611/2.
Terras de Megehoip … begynnand at the wattir-gait at Gemmilscleuch-fuit at the wattir of Ettrik togidder with the wattir of Thimo
1596 Glasgow Chart. II 570.
Myddinges … quhilk dammys the watergate … the said Johne Ros … to remove his myddinges … that the watter may pas that waye as it wes wont
1606 Crawford Mining P. July.
To cause brek the ground cast draucht for levallis or watter gaitts
1612 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 101.
To the tua men that cuist a wattergait doun the east syd of the toun greene
1613 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 133.
Ilk man throw his awin heretage sall clange the wattir gait
1659 Dumfries Council Min. MS 28 Feb.
Casting ane ditche & wattergait
1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I 83.
For the taking of troutts … as they came doune his dammes and watter gates to his said milne
1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I 94.
His coall hewers … hes altogether stopped the common watter gate and passage of the said heuch
1669 Edinb. B. Rec. X 55.
To put ane lead spout to the said jawholl for convoyeing the foull water … casten furth therat to the watergate
1670 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 75 (30 May).
Ane deep sewghe … which carried the water … doune to the mylne water gaite beneth the clouse

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