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MINE, poss. pron. Also Sc. forms min, myne.

Sc. usages:

1. = Poss. adj. my, before ain, own (Sh., Bnff., Abd., Ags. 1963), now usu. wrongly divided as my nain, see Nain. Abd. 1923 J. R. Imray Village Roupie 27:
But tae me 'tis a pleasure tae ken that I hae A hame o' mine ain on the face o' the brae.
Bnff. 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 11:
An' I'd likit weel a placie o' min' ain.

2. As the absolute form of mine, with -s on analogy with yours, theirs, usu. only in juvenile or illiterate speech (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., mynz; Cai. 1903 E.D.D.). Gen.Sc. The double form mineses is sometimes heard (Abd. 1963). Sc. 1789 Shepherd's Wedding 8:
She sall be mines in less than haf-a-year.
s.Sc. 1873 D.S.C.S. 192:
I'll gie ye yours, when ye bring me mines.
Lnk. 1889 A. G. Murdoch Readings (Ser. 2) 29:
Yer hat's jist deplorable, . . . it needs turnin', like mines.
Sc. 1893 Stevenson Catriona xxx.:
“Be damned, sir; but my money's there!” said James. “I'm vexed about that, too,” says Alan, with his funny face, “but now, ye see, it's mines.”
Sh. 1899 Shetland News (12 Aug.):
Shü swappid a auld jimper o' minse efter da djooks.
Gsw. 1930 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 258:
For she's missed the best pairt o' her life — for your sake an' mines.
Abd. 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 5:
Gin ye hid a hairt the marrows o' mines.
Arg. 1936 L. McInnes S. Kintyre 21:
I kent as soon as I saw it, that it wuzna mines; mines is bigger.
Edb. 1961 People's Jnl. (7 Jan.):
And if we jist hing up oor stockin', . . . He'll fill them fou wi' brawest ferlies — O mither, hing up mines and Chairlie's!

3. Phr. mine alane, all by myself, myself alone. See Alane, 3. (2), Lane, adj., 2. Sc. 1827 W. Motherwell Minstrelsy 343:
As I was walking mine alane, Betwixt the water and the wa'.

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"Mine possess. pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 7 Jul 2020 <>



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