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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BANNOCK-STANE, -STONE, n. A stone (generally round) placed before a fire on which bannocks and cakes of oatmeal were baked, or a small flat stone laid among the hot ashes. The bannock-stane was superseded by the Girdle, q.v.Sc. 1930 D. A. Mackenzie Scotland 119:
In a Hebridean folk-tale a giant's soul is concealed in the “bannock-stone” — that is, the round stone, placed before a fire, on which oatmeal and barley-meal bannocks were baked.
Crm. 1933 D. A. Mackenzie The Stroopie Well 3:
This little charm-bannock is not placed on the brander or girdle, but on the “bannock stone” in front of the fire.
Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 38:
Heat my feet wi' the bannock stane.

[C.f. Ballisten, n.2]

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