Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

BONNET, n., 2. (2) (a). Add rcf.: Fif., Lnk. 1975. Add quot.: Lnk. 1920  Econ. Geol. Cent. Coalfield VII. 111:
The “bonnets” were not in this case worked with the coal seam.

(d) Add quot.: Ags. 1768  F. Cruickshank Navar (1899) 13:
Two stone stathels, consisting of nine pillars and nine bonnets.

Add: (e) the flat head of a nail. Inv. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 XIII. 133:
The nails appear all to have been made by a country-smith, according to the times; the bonnets being as broad as a small halfpenny.

Add: (f) the lid of a beer-mug. Hence phr. the carlie wi' the braid bonnet (see quot.). m.Sc. 1870  W. Buchanan Olden Days 180:
A custom in the South of having lids or covers to their gill-stoups, and, in common phrase, called a bannet; and, when a person is seen the worse for liquor, he is said to have “gotten his licks fae the carlie wi' the braid bannet.”

3. Phrases. Add: ower the bannets, in a stand-up fight or contest. See quot. and cf. (1). Ayr. 1835  Tait's Mag. (Jan.) 130:
It must be a decent bout ower the bannets, as becomes twa respectable Scotchmen.

4. Combs. Add: bonnet case, a bulge in the roof of a coal seam, caused by squeezing. Lth. 1789  J. Williams Nat. Hist. Miner. Kingdom I. 64:
This protuberance sinks down into the upper side of the seam of coal, like the bottom of a great pot. These protuberances are called by Scotch colliers a bonnet case and a pot arse.

(3) Add quot.: Ags. 1859  Trans. Highl. Soc. 236:
The true Highland pine, or bonnet fir, as it is sometimes called. bonnet-hill, a hill which overlooks or dominates the land, town, etc. below it.
Sc. 1722  W. Macfarlane Geog. Coll. (S.H.S.) II. 31:
Dundie Law is at the back thereof ane exceeding high small hill the bonnet hill of Dundie a large toune.

(7) Add to defin.: the part of a lady's bonnet covering the ear. Dmf. 1836  A. Cunningham Lord Roldan III. viii.:
The bee that buzzes in our lady's bonnet-lug may one day remind her of bonnie Borgue.

bonnet Monday, see quot.: Gsw. a.1890  Scots Mag. (June) 59:
It was what used to be called in Glasgow “Bonnet Monday”—that day on which our wives and mothers. . . . used to sun themselves in the Spring sunshine in Buchanan Street, and show off their new bonnets.

bonnet toon, a soubriquet of Stewarton in Ayrshire which was noted for its bonnet-making. Ayr. 1951  Stat. Acc.3 484:
Stewarton is known as the ‘Bonnet Toon’. Records show that the Bonnet Court of Corsehill dates back to 1549. Glasgow was originally the principal market and from it ‘Stewarton bonnets’ were distributed throughout Scotland and latterly to many parts of the world.

Add: 5. In pl.: a ball-game, = Bonnetie, n.1, 2. e.Lth. 1885  J. Strathesk More Bits 32:
Great was the variety of games played with the ball, both by boys and girls, from “Shintie” and “Hails” to “Stot-ba” and the bannets.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Bonnet n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Apr 2019 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
Browse Down