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LAWLAND, adj., n. Also -lan, -lin, -lant; la(a)-. Sc. forms of Eng. lowland, now mostly liter. For other forms see Lallan. [′l:lən(d), ′lɑ:lən]

I. adj. Belonging to the Lowlands of Scotland or its language (Ags., Ayr. 1960). Combs. Lowland bonnet, a Kilmarnock bonnet, q.v.; Lowtand check, see 1860 quot., the “shepherd tartan”. Sc. 1725 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) II. 157:
The lawland maids gang trig and fine, But aft they'r sour and unco sawcy.
Sc. 1775 Morison Decisions 7922:
This Lowland church [at Campbeltown] was allenarly built and proportioned among such of the inhabitants of the town and country as did not understand the Gaelic language.
Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 159:
An' weel he pang'd the Mickle Purse Wi' geer frae lawlin' chiels an' erse.
Rxb. c.1800 Mem. S. Sibbald (Hett 1926) 166:
He had a Maud about him and on his head a Scotch bonnet (or lowland bonnet as they are called).
Rnf. 1806 R. Tannahill Poems (1900) 183:
Lawlan lassie, wilt thou go Whar the hills are clad wi snow.
Lth. 1860 J. Locke Tweed and Don 37:
The maud may be said to be a long scarf, from 3 yards to 4 yards long, generally 1 yard wide, and sometimes 2 yards; the most common colour is the check of six threads of black and six of white, known technically as a six-and-six check, called the Lowland or Border check.
Knr. 1891 H. Haliburton Ochil Idylls 94:
Till ev'ry hill-tap heich an' lawland knowe Owre Scotland braid like flamin' altars lowe.
Kcb. 1897 Crockett Lochinvar xxviii.:
Ye can boil him Lawland brose as muckle as ever he can sup.

II. n. Gen. in pl.: 1. The Lowlands of Scotland, implying any part or all of Scotland east and south of the Highland line (see Hieland, I. 1.) (Ags., Ayr. 1960). Sc. 1699 Acts Gen. Assembly 16:
There are several Parishes, even in the Low-lands, that wants Schools.
Sc. 1740 Bonny Earl of Murray in Child Ballads No. 181 A. 1:
Ye Highlands, and ye Lawlands, Oh, where have you been?
Abd. 1784 Caled. Mercury (11 Oct.):
There's nowther i' the Heigh nor Lawlan's Your maik, in faith.
Ayr. 1796 Burns Highland Balou iii.:
Thro' the Lawlands, o'er the Border, Weel, my babie, may thou forder.
ne.Sc. 1802 Edb. Mag. (July) 57:
Near wimplin' Quair, I ken a callan', Wi' heart as leal's in a' the la'lan'.
Rxb. 1808 A. Scott Poems 116:
For in the lawlans at this present day, We see sic feats achiev'd now by the plough.
Sc. 1865 R. W. Buchanan Inverburn (1882) 104:
I met her down the lawlan all her lane.
Arg. 1898 N. Munro J. Splendid xxi.:
I have starved to the bone in Laaland.
m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood viii.:
I've traivelled the feck o' the Lawlands, frae the Forth to the Solway.

2. The speech of Lowland Scotland, = Lallans, II. 2., q.v. Edb. 1856 J. Ballantine Poems 85:
My young cousin Peggy cam doun frae Dunkeld, Wi' nae word o' lawlants ava man.
Inv. 1865 J. Horne Poems 160:
I set me down, my Jamie, To write a rhyme in Lawlan plain.
Slk. 1875 Border Treasury (24 July) 595:
He shrewd and clever was, I trow; Spak Gaelic weel, and Lawlans, too.
Ayr. 1892 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 335:
Has gude braid lawlan's left the land?
Lth. 1921 A. Dodds Antrin Sangs 3:
But yet, I ken, ye'll no disdain Oor Lawlan' in an antrin sang.

[O.Sc. lawland, of Scotland, 1492.]

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