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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BANFF BAILIES, n. (See first quot.)ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore of N.-E. Scot. 153:
The large, white snowy-looking clouds that rise along the horizon . . . were called “Banff bailies,” and at all seasons of the year were looked upon as the forerunners of foul weather.
Bnff. 1882 W. M. Philip K. MacIntosh's Scholars 85:
The “Banff bailies,” that cam' steerin' fae the North yesterday, haena shown themsels the day.
Bnff.2 1932:
This weather winna lest lang for there's ower mony Banff bailies castin' up.

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