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Up(a)landis, Uponlandis, adj. Also: uplandys, -es, upalands, upaallandis, wplandis, uplandish. [ME and e.m.E. vplondis (c1330), uplondische (Wyclif), vplandishe (More), OE uplendisc. Cf. Up(a)landadj., adv. and adv. phr.] a. That lives, is situated in, associated with or derived from the countryside as opposed to the town. b. With pejorative connotations, passing into: Crude, uncouth, unsophisticated.= Up(a)land adj., Outlandis adj. 1, Outlandisch adj. 2.a., b. 14.. Burgh Laws c. 5 (A).
Giff a burges has lent of his till ane vplandis man [B. til furthdwelland men] gif the dettur grauntis the dett he sall ȝelde it
14.. Burgh Laws c. 44 (B).
Gyf ony playnte be rysyn betwene a burges and ane vplandis man qwhar of ane athe mon be, the burges sal clenge hym agayne the tuthir wyth sex burges
14.. Acts I 21/2.
Ilke burges may punde ane uplandis man wythin the merket and utouth wythin his hous and utouth
14.. Acts I 41/2.
Gif ony kemestaris levis the burgh to dwell wyth uplandys men havand sufficient worke to occupie thaim within burgh thai aw to be takyn and prisonyt
c1450-2 Howlat 218 (A).
The ravyne … in wplandis townis … Cryand full crows
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 199/1.
Ane murlandis man of uplandis mak At hame thus to his nychtbour spak
c1575 Balfour Pract. 59.
Gif ane burges be challengit be ane uplandisman for thift [etc.]
1579, 1617 Despauter (1579).
Pero [L., = a boot made of rawhide], an vplandis [1617 vplandes] scho
1581-1623 James VI Poems I 76/9.
Gif ȝour purpose be of landwart effairis, to vse corruptit and vplandis wordis
(b) a1500 Henr. Fab. (STS) II 14 Title (Ch.).
The taill of the uponlandis mous and the burges mous
(c) c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 125/72.
Twa curis or thre hes uplandis Michell, With dispensationis in ane knitchell
(d) 1513 Wigtown B. Ct. 17a.
All the vpalandis burgeis
1540 Lynd. Sat. 4042 (B).
I leirit ȝow merchandis mony a wyle, Vpaallandis [Ch. Vpalands] wyvis for to begyle, Vpoun the mercat day
(e) 1693 Answ. Presb. Eloq. 47.
Gladstones, the Curate of Yettam, who told his uplandish congregation how many myriads of angels could stand on the apical point of a bee-sting

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