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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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LOACHMAN-LO, n.  Also lotchman-. A children's 1884 Trans. Inv. Scient. Soc. III. 45: 
Connected with many of the games are rhymes. Sometimes the rhymes are chanted thus- "Lotchman, Lotchman, lo, Where shall this poor Scotchman go? Shall he go east or shall he go west Or shall he go to the crow's nest?"
Slk. 1893 R. Hall Schools 18:
What games we used to have at “hunt the tod”, … “fit an, a half”, “cuddy loups”, “crinky”, “weediway”, “loachman lo”, “hoose-ba'”.

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