Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BEAL, BEEL, Bail, Bale, Beill, Bael, v., n.1 [bil Sc., Ant.; bèl Mry., U.Bnff., Deeside, e.Per., Fif., I.Sc.; be1l Ags.]
(1) intr. To fester; fig. to be filled with pain or remorse. Gen.Sc. and Uls.Sc. (W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn. 1880, also Uls.2 1929).
Sc. 1705 Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club) (1842) I. 69:
Weel, Sir, if you be guilty . . . God will, it may be, make your hidden sin beel out at your breast. Ork. 1929 J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc., Ork. Sh., etc. IX. ii. 78:
Hid baled lang, an' hid waas amis apin 'im teu for bean sae feulie. Mry.1 1925:
Bail, to fester; to suppurate. Bnff.7 1928:
The doctor says ma mither's thoom's gyan ta beel. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 64:
Her heart for Lindy, now began to beal, An' was in hover great, to think him leal. Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 168:
I'll ne'er forget yon luckless day I drave the graip doun thro' my tae, Oh, hoo it festered, rosed, an' beal'd.
(2) tr. To make sore.
†Lnk. 1825 Jam.2:
I'll no beill my head about it.
2. n. A festering sore.
Beel, a festering sore. [The vbl.n. bealin' is more common.]
3. ppl.adjs. (1) bealt, beeled, festered; (2) beelan, beelin', baelin, bealin, festering. Gen.Sc. and Uls.
(1) Abd. 1879 G. Macdonald Sir Gibbie I. iii.:
The lass is laid up wi' a bealt thoom. Uls. 1898 M. B.-S. in E.D.D.:
A beeled finger. (2) Sc. 1893 W. T. Dennison in Scot. Antiq. VII. 174:
The youngest lass had to stay at home, for she had a beelan (suppurating) foot. Sc. 1920 D. Rorie The Auld Doctor 16:
He'd stuff for healin' beelin' lugs. Sh.(D) 1916 Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr Jone 19:
Ye canna sleep soond wi a baelin toom [thumb] tiftin [throbbing]. Ags.9 1926:
A baelin' finger. Arg.1 1929:
What's the matter with your sister? She hez a bealin thoomb. Uls.2 1929; Uls. 1931 “Portglenone” in North. Whig and Belfast Post (5 Dec.) 13/2.
4. vbl.n. bealin', beelin, bealdin (see Gall. and Uls. quots.). Gen.Sc.
Abd. 1918 W. Mutch Ay, Ay, hev ye a Spunk 27:
He said there was a bealin' in't, but sure eneuch he got Anither number nine. Mearns 1929 J. B. Philip Weelum o' the Manse 11:
A hae seen beelins without and within, and whan they were sitten wi' a'thing else, a poultice o' yalla neeps did the wark. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 58:
Beelins. Suppurations; bilious tumours in the flesh. Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Bealdin, bealin, matter from a sore; also a suppurating sore.
5. Comb.: whitly-beal. (See quot.)
I am familiar with whitly-beal = whitlow.
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