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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SECRETAR, n. Also saikretar (e.Lth. 1908 J. Lumsden Th' Loudons 74). A secretary (ne.Sc., Ags. 1969). In 1706 quot. = Lord Secretary s.v. Lord, 2. (34).Sc. 1706 Earls Crm. (Fraser 1876) II. 9:
Whilst I was secretar I never begd place nor pension to child nor relation of my owne.
Lnk. 1816 G. Muir Minstrelsy 63:
The Secretar his mouth will screw.
Abd. 1898 J. M. Cobban Angel xxv.:
I count you of my household, — as Secretar, or what ye will.
Sc. 1991 Kenneth Fraser in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 101:
The word o this mishanter tae the nation
Wad cause a michty stushie tae brek oot.
The neist day's news wad be, withoot a doot,
'Scots Secretar hauns in his resignation.'
Sc. 1999 Sunday Herald (16 May) 4:
Or rather a deceesion o tha Narlin Airlann secretar o stat cud weel scug tha oulrife Ulster-Scotch leid an gie it a heft in Euraip.
Sc. 2001 Herald (21 Feb) 16:
The missive is signed "wi coothie thochts" from Bob Fairnie who is "secretar o Scots Tung".

[O.Sc. secretare, id., c.1400, Fr. secrétaire.]

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"Secretar n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 May 2024 <>



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