Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FIRE, n., v. Add: Also feyre (Slk. 1893 J. Dalgleish Wattie Wathershanks 45).

I. 7. (19) In 1894 quot. read: J. Laing.

Add: fire ca'en, the carting of winter-fuel, esp. peats. See Ca', v.1, II. 1. (2). Abd. 1879 11 Years at Farm Wk. 60:
“The fire ca'en” (which is a time of hard work following the putting in of the turnips).

fire-master, orig. in Edb. of one of a body of citizens appointed to take charge of fire-fighting arrangements (see 1702 quot.). The name was later revived in mid-19th c. for the chief officer of a fire-brigade. Gen.Sc. Edb. 1702–3 Burgh Rec. Edb. (1967) 9, 44:
Each of the above fyre masters to have ane red batton in his hand and six men to attend him in tyme of fire. . . . The Counsell doe name out of the burgesses and freemen of this Citie twelfe men to be called by the name of fyremasters.
Sc. 1865 Annual Register 5:
The fire-master [in Edinburgh] and others had reason to be grateful for their delivrance.
Sc. 1973 Municipal Year Book 355:
England and Wales: . . . Chief Fire Officers. Scotland: . . . Firemasters.
Edb. 1974 A. Reid Aye Ready 15:
James Braidwood, the first “Master of the Fire Engines” of the Edinburgh Municipal Fire Brigade (the older title of Firemaster was not revived until later).

fire-works, (the equipment of) a fire brigade. Gsw. 1766 Caled. Mercury (25 Jan.):
By the assistance of the fire works, it was happily got under before it seized any other part of the land.

Add: 8. Thundery weather, sultriness. Cf. Fire, v., 5., Fiery, adj., 1. Ayr. 1971:
The fire's no a' awa' yet.

III. Read: Phrs. and comb. Add: fire-away, a shooting gallery. Fif. 1864 St Andrews Gaz. (2 July):
Early in the morning sweetie-stands, fire-aways, and other attractions for the young were erected on the street.

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