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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lowp, Loup, n.2 [ON. laup-r (Norw. laup, Da. løb) a basket or openwork box (for carrying things), corresp. in Sc. use to the cognate ME. and mod. Eng. lepe, leap, OE. léap, a basket, also, one for catching fish, a weel (and see further Lippie n.).] A kind of basket for catching fish, a weel (and cf. Coup n.2 1). — 1544 (1617) Reg. Great S. 623/1.
Cum piscarie de lie skarris et lowpis consueta in senesc. vallis Annandie, vic. de Drumfreis
1581 Acts III. 218/2.
That this present act nor nathing thairin contenit salbe preiudiciall to his hines subiectis being dewlie … in possessioun of halding of cruuis lynis or loupis within fresche watteris
1675 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 36 (31 March).
[They fishing] with netts boatts or currocks lowps crose or angle wands or wther ingenis of fisching quhatsumewer, [providing that they do not] keep wp lowps or draw with netts [at times prohibited by statute, and to leave] ane nett currock and lowp on the watter [at the expiry of the tack]

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