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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DOACH, Doagh, Dough, n. [do:x]

1. In pl.: the name given to a rocky stretch of the river Dee at Tongland (Kcb.9, Kcb.10 1940).Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 174:
Doachs o' Tongue-land water, the waterfalls of the Dee.
Kcb. 1895 S. R. Crockett Moss-Hags xxvi.:
So I came down the west side of the Water of Ken, by the doachs or roaring linn, where the salmon sulk and leap.
Kcb. 1926 J. Robison Kirkcudbright 5:
The hill slopes steeply to the south and east, where the Dee . . . enters the rocky gorge of the Doachs.

2. The name given to a salmon-trap or weir at this point (Sc. 1808 Jam.: Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 173, 1909 Colville 102).Kcb. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XI. 10:
The number of salmon . . . caught in the doaghs or cruives in the upper, or Tungland fishery, is incredible.
Kcb. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 IV. 193:
Few of them pass Tongland from the doughs erected there.

[Gael. dabhach, vat, tub.]

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"Doach n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Oct 2022 <>



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