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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gan, p.t. Also: gane. [ME. gan (c 1200), p.t. of gin v.] Began, did. (Only in poetry, freq. in Barbour and Douglas, usually with simple infinitive.)(1) 1375 Barb. ii. 10.
The marschell to the hall gan ga
Ib. iii. 629.
Thar fayis gan thaim se Forowth thaim
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2441.
This place nere the se gan stand
Ib. 2887.
At his moder he gan inquere
1513 Doug. i. iii. 16.
A blastrand bub … Gan [Sm. gane] … in the bak saill dyng
Ib. xiii. ii. 126.
The cristit fowle gan hir curage avans
(2) a1500 Doug. K. Hart 227.
So Bewtie with hir wangarde gane to reill
Ib. 750.
Airlie affoir the sone scho gan to ryse
Id. Æn. iii. ii. 152.
Herbis wolx dry, wallowyng, and gan to faid
1528 Lynd. Dreme 1022.
One schip … gan to creip Towart the land
a1568 Scott ii. 191.
Be than the bowgill gan to blaw

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