Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SCENE, n. Also sain (Per., Fif. 1915–26 Wilson. Cf. P.L.D. § 88); †schen, shane. Sc. forms and usages. [‡sen; †ʃen. See S, letter, 6.]

1. As in Eng. Rs. 1722 W. MacGill Old Ross-shire (1911) II. 30:
The imaginary nymphs and naiads that inhabite silvan schens.
Inv. 1744 Steuart Letter-Bk. (S.H.S.) 450:
So great a schen of Mortality and Distress.
e.Lth. c.1800 in Early Life Carlyle (Froude) viii.:
Now we will go back by so and so, to vahery the shane.

2. A ludicrous object, a “sight”. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Sic a sain hei lookit!

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