Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLACKAN, Clacken, n. “A wooden hand-bat or racquet used by the boys at the Edinburgh Academy and High School” (Edb. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.). Known to Slg.3 c.1875, but no longer in use. Sc. 1898 E. Blantyre Simpson R. L. Stevenson 151:
He ran off to his task, rasping his clacken on the area railings as he went . . . clackens were put to their orthodox use in brief play intervals.
Sc. publ. 1922 R. L. Stevenson New Poems 448:
The roll-book is closed in the room, The clackan is gone with the slate.
Sc. 1933 E. S. Haldane Scotland of our Fathers 53:
All would be armed with “clackans,” wooden bats suitable for playing shinty or “hails,” or hitting other boys' heads.

[For etym., see note to Clack, n.1 and v., and cf. Cleckinbrod.]

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