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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SENNICHT, n. Also sen(n)ight, se'en(n)icht, sennet, sevenicht. A week, a period of seven nights. Obs. or arch. in Eng. Freq. in phr. this day (was a) sennicht, (on) -day sennicht, a week ago today, a week on —, past or to come. [′sɛnɪ(ç)t]Ayr. 1717 J. Lamb Annals Ayr. Parish (1896) 182:
The Session was informed by one of the elders of a bark coming to the Little Isle on Sabbath se'en night.
Per. 1735 Caled. Mercury (9 Jan.):
On Saturday was se'nnight died at Balqhidder in Perthshire, the fam'd Highland Partizan Rob Roy.
Bwk. 1759 G. Ridpath Diary (S.H.S.) 248:
Sir Robert Pringle and John Hunter attended the meeting of Heritors intimated here on Sunday gone a se'enight.
Ayr. 1781 Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 3:
Our communion was on Sunday se'en night.
m.Lth. 1783 Cramond Session Rec. MS. IX. 189:
On the Seven Night, preceeding Peter Campbels going away.
Sc. 1803 Lockhart Scott xii.:
Friday se'ennight our corps takes the field for ten days.
Ayr. 1850 Maybole Ragged School Minute Book MS. (15 April):
The Meeting fix thursday se'night for the examination of the school at 11 o' Clock.
Cai. 1872 M. McLennan Peasant Life 33:
He gied them a lang hairst day's wark a Se'enicht yestreen.
Ags. 1946 Forfar Dispatch (7 March):
I've kalkit her door this lest sevenicht.
wm.Sc. 1987 Anna Blair Scottish Tales (1990) 60:
'I think you'll no' can do that for it's the King's land hereabouts.'
'I have the King's ear when he's a mind to listen to me. Mind and you come to Holy Rood this day sennight. I'll take you to his person mysel' and you'll can put it to him you'd be a farmer sooner than a miller.

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