Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BURDEN, n.1 Used as in St.Eng. but specifically in Sc. as “a heavy bundle of faggots; usually slung over the back” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); a parcel of fish, etc. Known to Cai.7, Bnff.2 1937. Also back-burden (Kcb.9 1937). Lnk. c.1779  D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 222–223:
As he's gotten the twa burden o' fish, he'll ables gang his wa' and no fash nae mair.
Rxb. 1833  Mrs Hall Sc. Borderer (1874) 36:
The unfortunate mother . . . carrying burdens from the woods in the vicinity, which were bought by the townsfolk for fuel.

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