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(Scule-hous,) Scule-howse, Scuil(l)-hous, n. Also: schul-, scuile-, skuill-, scwile-, skwill-, scole-, schole-, skoil-, schoole-, schooll-, shool-, scol-, scholl-, schull- and -house, -hows. [Late ME and e.m.E. scolehous (1429), skole howse (1523-4); Scule n.1 and Hous n.] A building, sometimes part of a building, used for a school; a building constructed to be a school. = Scule n.1 1 i. Also attrib. 1565 Edinb. B. Rec. III 197.
As for the male of the said scolehous … ye haue maid na payment to him
1579–80 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 151.
To cawse mend the vtter dur of the scolehous and clois thairof … spiltt in the said maisteris negligence
1582 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 177.
The saidis tounschip findand to him ane sufficient scuilehous mailfre
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv 40.
Maitland, Melwill and Matchevellous Learned never mair knaifrie in a scholehous
1588 Old Ross-shire I 26.
Ane hous of auld dedicat for a scuilhous callit the boith
1624 Forbes Baron Ct. 219.
Gilbert Jafray … theakis the schoole house callit the scholleris chalmer
1627 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 345.
William Airdrie of the schulhous
1656 Rothesay B. Rec. 13.
1666 Melrose Reg. Rec. II 150.
[That house called] the shoolhouse
1686 Cramond Kirk S. II 29 Aug.
A liquid soume … for buildeing of a schoole house for the use of the paroch
1697 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. XXXVI 48.
[The commissioners] appoynts the schooll houses … to be at the parash churches
attrib. (1) 1548 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. XXXIX 53.
Valtyr Gowrlawis tenement at schullhous gaivill
1558 Peebles B. Rec. I 247.
The skoilhous dure
1584 Crim. Trials I ii 134.
The scolehous dure
(2) 1551–2 Glasgow Prot. I 39.
[The common vennel called the] Scolhouswyn
1554 Glasgow Prot. I 63.
Scwilehows Wynd
1601–2 Montrose Treas. Acc. 5b.
For ane key to the scuill hous vynd
1664 Dumbarton B. Rec. 83.
Ane bonfyre to be at the schole-house yaird
(3) 1557–8 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. VII 53.
For scule howse maill
1574–5 Day-bk. J. Cokburn 5.
The scholl hous Martymes maill
1576 Reid Forfar 147.
For the skwillhouse maill iiij merkis

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