Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FAWN, n. “A white spot on moorish and mossy ground” (Slk. 1825 Jam.). Dmf. 1894 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 146:
Fawns, rough wet places on the hills. . . . On the stone set up to commemorate the shooting of two Covenanters near where the parishes of Penpont, Tynron, and Dalry join at an elevation of 1500 feet, it is stated that the martyrs were shot on the adjoining Fawns of Altry.

[Etym. doubtful. Phs. O.E.fāgan, oblique case of wk. form of fāȝ, variegated, discoloured. Faw-, Fawn-, Fawns is found in place-names in Scotland and England. Cf. Gael. breac, id.]

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