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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

FOGGAGE, n. Also †fogage, †fougage; fog-geege (Rxb.); ¶faggage (Ags. 1824 J. Bowick Characters 12); ¶fugis. The aftermath or second crop of grass after hay. Gen.Sc. In earlier usage, “rank grass which has not been eaten in summer, or which grows among grain, and is fed on by horses and cattle after the crop is removed” (Sc. 1825 Jam.); †the right to pasture animals on this, a common perquisite of a parish minister. [′fɔgədʒ]Sc. 1708 J. Chamberlayne Present State Gt. Brit. II. 509:
As a farther Addition to their Maintenance, every Minister has Fewel, Foggage, Faill, and Diviots allowed them.
Sc. 1721 Caled. Mercury (27 April):
There are 3 large fine Grass Inclosures, with the Foggage of a large Meadow, which is ordinarily cut in June.
Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Mouse iv.:
Its silly wa's the win's are strewin! An' naething, now, to big a new ane, O' foggage green!
Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck vii.:
How could we turn our hand wi' our pickle hoggs i' winter if their bit foggage war a' riven up by the auld raikin hypalts?
Rnf. 1830 S.H.S. Miscell. VIII. 159:
The exposer reserves liberty to sow the lands with rygress seed the sicond year and the purchers [sic] to have no right to the fougage.
Abd. 1877 W. Alexander Rural Life 125:
The poor animals were frequently kept upon the bare road-side on the miserable “foggage,” their stall feeding being chiefly thistles gathered amongst the growing corn.
Kcb. 1897 T. Murray Frae the Heather 40:
The spring had been genial, sae foggage did thrive.
Cai. 1929 John o' Groat Jnl. (27 Dec.):
Wi' her branks on an' her hair tether, an' her widden baukie, eytin' foggage oot at 'e back o' Tam's peyt stack.
Abd. 1950 Huntly Express (15 Sept.):
No other agency has contributed more to the very increased grain yields than a gweed “fugis” ploughed down.

[O.Sc. fogage, winter grazing or grass, from 15th cent., ad. Med.Lat. fogagium, id., c.1200, from Fog.]

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