Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TABLET, n. Also taiblet; ¶tablement. Sc. usage: a confection, composed of sugar, butter and flavouring, orig. a sweet of the candy sort but now of a firmer crisper consistency suitable for cutting into squares or tablets and sometimes made with sweet condensed milk, fudge (Ork., Cai., m.Sc. 1972); a square or chunk of this. [′tablət, ‡′te-] Sc. 1736 Mrs. McLintock Receipts 35:
To make Orange Tablets with the Grate. Grate the Oranges, take 2 lb. of Sugar, and a Mutchkin of Water, then clarify it with the White of 2 Eggs, and set it on a slow Fire, and boil it till it be almost candyed, then put in the Grate of the Oranges, and take white Paper, rub it with fresh Butter, pour it on your Paper, and cut it in little Pieces.
Sc. 1747 Caled. Mercury (1 June):
Gellies, Marmalade, Tablets, Barley Sugar.
Mry. c.1840 Lays & Leg. (Douglas 1939) 14:
Black-sugar, tablets, sugar candy, An' barley-sugar, clear as brandy.
Sc. 1850 Mrs Dalgairns Practice Cookery 347:
Ginger tablet may be made in this way.
Gsw. 1900 J. J. Bell Wee Macgreegor 1:
I want taiblet.
Fif. 1909 J. C. Craig Sangs o' Bairns 125:
Dates or locust, grapes or figs, Tablement in bits.

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"Tablet n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 26 Sep 2021 <>



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