Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

LIGGAT, n. Also ligget(t), lig(g)ate. A small wooden gate, usu. self-closing, a swing-gate, freq. one shutting off pasture from arable land (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 316; Dmf. 1894 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. 151; sm.Sc. 1960). Also attrib. and in place-names. For phr. loup-the-ligget, see Lowp, v., 9. (8).Bte. 1707 Rothesay T.C. Rec. (1935) II. 581:
The east calfe ward set to Robert Wallace . . . with the burdon of grassing the tounes calfes and upholding a ligget gate at the west end.
Dmf. 1746 R. Edgar Hist. Dmf. (1915) 22:
The Old Heretor's waste grounds, where there is a Liggate and Stairs to go up for a road walk.
Ayr. 1790 J. Fisher Poems 107:
As they did rin wi' sic a faird, They brak the liggat o' the yard.
Gall. 1822 Scots Mag. (Dec.) 719:
Ye'll see a ligget i' the gudeman's sheep-dyke — pass through, and steek it ahint ye.
Rxb. a.1860 J. Younger Autobiog. (1881) 35:
The bits o' lassies were out list'ning for us at the head o' the liggate as we came up.
Sc. 1875 A. Hislop Anecdotes 325:
At another time when “right about wheel” was required, he attained his object by asking them to “come round like a ligget, lads!”
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister xxiii.:
He was playing bogles up by the minister's liggate yestreen.
Kcb. 1901 Alexander Trotter East Galloway Sketches 440:
The Abbot fled towards Dundrennan, but was overtaken at a "liggat" near the farm-house of Barend.
Wgt. 1904 J. F. Cannon Recollections 112:
Lae the liggate open.

[O.Sc. lidyate, 1170, lidgait, 1540, liggitt, 1679; O.E. hlidgeat, a folding door, hinged gate.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Liggat n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND: