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RAND, n., v.1 Also raand (Angus); ran (Sc. 1845 G. Setoun Sunshine 249; Clc. 1922 G. Blair Haunted Dominie 41); rawn; ¶rane. Now chiefly dial. in Eng.

Sc. usages:

I. n. 1. A border or rim (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1967); a selvage. Comb. rand-timber, the outer cut of wood from a log, slab-wood. Abd. 1731 Cushnie MSS. (Abd. Univ.):
To build an deak along the head of his land on the left hand as goes to the Milltown of Carnculy And to plant his yard round with rand timber.
Sc. 1887 Jam. s.v. Rind:
When the list or selvage . . . is of medium breadth, it is a rand, ran or rane.

2. A strip or narrow section (‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); a strip of ground at the edge of a river (Per. 1967). Rxb. 1825 Jam.:
The wool of a sheep is said to be separated into rands in smearing, that the tar may be equally spread on the skin.
Abd. 1867 W. Anderson Rhymes 44:
They quarrelled an' fought 'mang the clippin's an' rands, The tailor insistin' the colour was blue.
Sc. 1887 Jam. s.v. Rind:
Rands . . . is the name generally given to remnants or strips of coarse cloth, carpet, etc., used for the same purpose [the uppers of light shoes].

3. A stripe or streak of a different colour or texture (Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Gall. 1904 E.D.D., rawn; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); a half-cooked section in a badly-baked scone (Kcb. 1967). Ayr. 1790 A. Tait Poems 88:
If doun their back there be a rand Of tauty hair.

4. A mark or stain, a dirty streak left after imperfect cleaning (Rxb. 1825 Jam., 1923 Watson W.-B.).

5. A scratch or furrow (Gall. 1904 E.D.D., rawn).

II. v. In ppl.adj. randed, randeet, randyt; rawned, ran't (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.):

1. Of a rope or twine coiled into a hank with the latter part wound transversely to prevent unwinding (wm.Sc.1 1967).

2. Striped or streaked with different colours (s.Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poet. Gl.; Rxb. 1825 Jam., Rxb. 1967). Cf. Eng. dial. raned, id. Dmf. 1812 W. Singer Agric. Dmf. 672:
Brown randed stone with white.
Gall. 1904 E.D.D.:
Claes a' rawned wi' blue.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Randit, ill-wuishen claes. Randit tweeds, bread, butter.
Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 18:
Ma froak hesna dyed weel at aa; it's awfullies randeet. That wumman's claes ir no haaf seindeet; they're hinging oot i the gairdeen aa randeet.

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"Rand n., v.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Nov 2020 <>



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