Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
ANCHOR-STOCK, ANKERSTOCK, ANKERSTOKE, n. “A large loaf, of a long form. The name is extended to a wheaten loaf, but properly belongs to one made of rye” (Jam. 1808).Mry. 1887 Lintie o' Moray (Rampini) 25:
He deals largely in threepenny 'ankerstocks', sweet collops, tea, sugar, etc.Edb. 1821 “Columbus Secundus” in Blackw. Mag. X. 691:
One of the first demonstrations of the approach of Christmas in Edinburgh was the annual appearance of large tables of anchor-stocks at the head of the Old Fish-market Close. These anchor-stocks, the only species of bread made from rye that I have ever observed offered for sale in the city, were exhibited in every variety of size and price, from a halfpenny to a halfcrown.Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) vii.:
A Musselburgh ankerstoke, to slice down for tea-drinkings and posset cups.Edb. 1929 F. M. McNeill Sc. Kitchen 185:
Ankerstock gingerbread is still sold by Edinburgh bakers.
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