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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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LADE, n. Also layde (Uls. 1920 J. Logan Uls. in X-Rays 145). A water channel, esp. one conveying water to a mill-wheel, a mill-race. Gen.Sc., rare in Sh. Freq. in comb. mill-lade (see also Mill). [led]Bte. 1701 Rothesay T. C. Rec. (1935) II. 541:
To make a straight course for the watter to run as formerly to the lade.
Gsw. 1727 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1909) 288:
For cutting out the lade behind the milne, a considerable lenth out of solid craig.
Ayr. 1790 A. Tait Poems 37:
They wadna wash in Satan's lade. That stream's but shaul.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 159:
The ducks I heard giein queer eldrich squakes about the “lade”.
Fif. 1841 Trans. Highl. Soc. 318:
The water . . . is conveyed by a lade to the Dunfermline dam.
Bnff. 1880 J. F. S. Gordon Chron. Keith 141:
The wooden lade carrying the water on the wheel.
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister 230:
He wad be michty gled o' the water-poo'er o' MacLurg's mill-lade.
em.Sc. 1920 J. Black Airtin' Hame 97:
Nae mill wheel's splash, nor happers click, I' the lade nae water rins.
wm.Sc. 1980 Anna Blair The Rowan on the Ridge 13:
They kept the lade clear, they swept the grinding stones and made sure the water-wheel turned freely, unhindered by weeds.

[O.Sc. lade, mill-race, from 1427, E.M.E. lode, a water-course, O.E. gelād, id., lǣdan, to lead. Cf. Laid and Lead.]

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