Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
AUREA, AURRIE, n. Sc. forms of area. (S.D.D. 1911: aurea, area.) [′ɑ:r Sc.; ′:r wm.Sc.] Aurrie is found in the foll. special senses:
1. (See quot.)
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 34:
Aurrie o' kirks — That space or area down the middle of churches, between the rows of seats; country people pay great attention to the manner in which strangers walk up and down the aurrie.
2. (See quot.)
Fifty years ago aurrie was common as the name for the sunken area in front of some houses. 3. Slg.3 1914:
‡Aurrie. The playground of a school. 4. Clc.1 1914:
“The Aurrie,” in Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, the name given to a rectangular open space, planted with trees, used by the villagers as a public park; in the original charter by which it was set apart for public use, it was called the “Area” situated between certain boundaries; hence the name, “The Aurrie.”
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