Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
'EY, pron. n. and ne.Sc. form of Eng. they (Abd.15 1880–1940, Abd.27 1950). For similar dropping of initial th in pronominals in n.Sc. see P.L.D. § 158.Cai. 1890 J. Sinclair Scenes and Stories 194:
The Sinclairs hae had a' 'e honours in Caitness 'is mony a day, an 'ey can tak' 'at wi' 'e lave.Abd. 1924 J. Wight in Swatches 74:
Aw gat 'em fae Dauvit's muckle dother, fin she wis oot at the trips; an' awyte, 'ey're rale gweed an' strong.
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