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Throuchgang, Through-, Throwgang, n. Also: throwch-, thruch-, throcht-, throghe-, throu- and -gange, -gand, -gane. [Thro(u)ch(e adv. or prep. and Gang n.] An entry, passage, passageway, or close (esp. in or between tenements). Also attrib.(a) 1502 Prot. Bk. J. Young X 288.
And als that the throuchgang of the said land sall stand as it dois now and nocht to be mynist be nother of the parteis bot to serve thame baith
1545 Edinb. Guild Ct. 28 April.
Anent the dur now vsit be the said Henry in the throuchgang betuix thair landis
1555–6 Glasgow Prot. V 3.
The haill rowm abone the said laych throuchgang [= supra the passage throuch the foir place]
1582 Burntisland B. Ct. 27 Feb.
Throw the clos or throwchgane to the said Patrikis ȝaird
(b) 14.. Burgh Laws c. 69 (B).
Mysal man … sal nocht ga dure be dure both thai sal syt at the thruch gangys of the toun and thare thai sal ask almows fra furth passand men and entrand
1457 Ayr B. Ct. 145b (15 Aug.).
The twa part of his tenement with fre wche & entre thairto the thruchgand with the pertinentis [etc.]
(c) 1463 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 22.
Lie throwgang assedatur Willelmo Met
1466 Ayr B. Ct. 107a (15 Dec.).
With fre wche & entre at the throwgang lyand be twex the tenement of Alexander Otterbowrn on the ta part & the tenement of Huchon Hulson on the tothir part
1485 Lag Chart. 54.
Alsua we ordane the said Gib McCawell till have a througang of sex ellnis brade endlang the burn side
1492–3 Prot. Bk. J. Young IV 129.
Liand on the est sid of the throwgange of the wester tenement fra the forhous done to the overyarde dike
1513 Doug. ii viii 80.
Pyrrus … throu the ȝet ane large wyndo makkis By the quhilk slop the place within apperis … Secret throwgangis ar schawyn wont tobe quoy
1587 Reg. Privy C. IV 205.
Thay followit him … in the portche or throwgang of the said West Kirk dure
1611 Glasgow Merchants House 108.
To clois the said ragelling with buirdis to the grund … swa that the wattir … cuming furth of the said jawhoill may discend and cum to the syour of the throwgang of the clois
1650 Edinb. Test. LXV 111b.
In the throwgang ane meikill kist … In the hall ane pair of virginallis
1718 Glasgow B. Rec. IV 10.
There being an old entery or throwgang under the said hall
(d) 1543 6th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 714/2.
Alexander Chalmers [etc.] … broke up two inner doors of the throughgang on the north side of the said cloister
(e) 1564 Perth B. Ct. 96 (19 May).
The jugis … fand that the said Lowrence Wilsoun suld … mak patent the said ȝet clois and throchtgang to be josit and brukit be the said Johnne
1618 Dysart Rec. 65.
Clausuras vulgo vocat ane throghe gang and ane baksyd
attrib. 1523 Treas. Acc. V 220.
For ane band to the throuchgang windo of the quenis chalmer
1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 103.
For ane new lok to the throw gang dure behynd the oritour
1581 Argyll Mun. 16 June.
To ane messone for pending of the throwgane ȝeit of the clois in Stirveling
1650–1 Dumbarton Common Gd. Acc. 177.
The litle throw gang sellar … taken … to imprisoun Jonet Ewing

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