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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FAGGALD, n. Also fagald, faggal. Sc. Variant forms and usages of Eng. faggot.

1. A bundle; fig. a large or excessive amount.Slk. 1824 Hogg in Blackwood's Mag. (March) 301:
“Haud the tongue o' thee, thou illfa'red, cat-witted serf,” said the auld wife. “I'm sure ony o' them's worth a faggald o' thee!”
Cai.9 1939:
She maan aye hev a faggal afore she's content.

2. “A bundle of twigs or heath, tied with straw ropes, used for shutting up the doorway under night, when there was no door” (Slk. 1825 Jam.); “a portable shelter for any outer doorway, made of broom” (Kcb.4 1900, faggal).

[O.Sc. faggald, a faggot (1375).]

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