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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

LOGAN, n., v. Also loggin(s). [′lɔgən]

I. n. A collection of small articles of the same kind, as coins, marbles, etc.: esp. when these were scattered for children to scramble for (Abd. 1825 Jam., Abd. 1900).Abd. 1867 W. Anderson Rhymes 216: 
A noisy rabble of boys . . . flinging mud at the females who were dressed in whites, unless the young men gave them a "Logan" -the manner of which was, that after the bride left her father's house, the neighbours threw a shower of old shoes after her, and the male part of the guests threw away a few handfuls of copper-money.
Abd. 1889 Bon-Accord (13 July) 8:
Yon wis a rare loggin' o, maiks in the kirk th' day.

II. v. To scatter coins as at a wedding, or a collection of marbles, as when a boy has grown too old to play with them (Abd. 1825 Jam., Abd.111910).Abd. 1900:
When a boy had finished his marble days, he would throw his whole collection out of a top window of his house to his chums below. This was “logginsin his bools”.
Abd. 1902 E.D.D. s.v. Habeek-a-ha:
This [scramble] used to be called a “logan”. The master pitched in succession each forfeited “bool” among the scholars out of doors.

[A variant of the law term lagan, jetsam, cargo jettisoned or otherwise abandoned by ships in danger, O.Fr. lagan, id.]

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