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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Knok-, Knockhous(e, n. [Cf. e.m.E. clockhouse (1622–3).] A clockhouse; the part of a building housing a clock. 1554 Haddington Treas. Acc.
For byggin of the said knokhous
1606 Sc. Ant. IV. 39.
To mend the gait under knockhous at the bellrace
1654 Musselburgh Burgess Ticket (Nat. Mus. Antiq.) 16 Nov.
The widdercock upone the prick of the knockhous
1665 Stirling Common Good 35.
400 nailles to call on the sarking of the knock hous
1671 Orkney Rentals app. 64.
The steiple heid … and all the timber-work to the bells and the knock-house wer consumed to ashes
1679 Ellon Par. Rec. 115.
For a lock to Knock hous 6s. 8d.

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