Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BALDIE, BAULDIE, n. A carvel-built fishing-boat with the mast far forward, rigged with a lug sail and sometimes a jib. Bnff.2 1932:
Baldie. A type of fishing boat. It came into general use when the fame of Garibaldi was in everybody's mouth.
Fif. 1912 Scotsman (8 Jan.):
Several bauldies began the winter herring fishing last week.
Edb. 1930 P. F. Anson Fishing Boats and Fisher Folk on E. Coast of Scot. 30:
A typical Leith “Baldie.”

[Footnote: “According to some authorities the name “Baldie” (in Fifeshire, “Bauldie”) is a contraction of “Garibaldi.” In Banffshire this type of boat is often called a “skiff.”]

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