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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Heichland, Heighland, n. [Cf. OE. héahlond.] pl. The Scottish Highlands. (In early and attrib. use in sing.) = Heland, etc. 1561 Reg. Privy S. MS. XXX. 79 b.
The personis quha suld paye the samin duellis in the heich land
1612 Acts IV. 497/2.
That the haill iles and heichland of this realme micht be reducit to obedience
1622 Grant Chart. 335.
Haveing … reduceit the whole ilis and Heighlandis … to obedience
1677 Inverness Presb. 335.
The brethren in the heighlands who should haw come to that dyat

b. Attrib. with bote, force, galley, havin, men. ?1549 Monro W. Isles 31.
Ane little ile, … with ane havin for Heighland bottis
Ib. 36.
Swynes ile, … with ane guid heighland havin in it
Ib. 46.
Ane ile … with ane heaven for heighland galleys
1688 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 361.
Plaiding … destribute amongst the saids Heig[h]land forces

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