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FAN, adv., conj. Also †phan; fin in unstressed position as a conj. n.Sc. forms of Whan, when. See P.L.D. §§ 122, 134.

Hence, fanever, e'er, -e're, -iver, finever; fanoor (Cai.), whenever, as soon as. Abd. 1706 in Sc. Antiquary XII. 103:
We'le e'ne take two Suits of new Cleass phan we cannot get ane now.
Abd. c.1750 R. Forbes Jnl. from London (1755) 3:
Fan anes it was down your wizen, it had an ugly knaggim.
Mry. 1810 J. Cock Simple Strains 85:
Fan e're ye like, I'll be content, To hear frae you.
Ags. 1854 Laird of Logan 454:
I always found out the Forfar folk by their fats, and their fars, and their fans.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xx.:
He gaed aff up the horse market fanever Dawvid an' me begood to speak.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 131:
My mither sang that fin I wis a loon.
Cai. 1915 John o' Groat Jnl. (25 June):
The drippin' rain That fell as sooty drap fanoor there wis a rainy nicht.
Bnff. 1939 J. M. Caie 'Twixt Hills 3:
But here i' the toon, fin the nichts come doon, An' niver the gloamins creep.

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"Fan adv., conj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Jun 2021 <>



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