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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BOGIE2, BOGIE-ROWE, BOGEY ROLL, n. A coarse, black tobacco of a certain gauge, first manufactured about 1830 in Keith, the name being taken from the River Bogie. Compared with Lurgan, Scotch and Irish, Bogie was a thinner, longer twist, but thicker than Mid and Fine.Sc. 2000 Herald 24 Oct 19:
In another minute, you feel, you will collide with Maw Broon; or Gran'paw will float past in a cloud of Bogey Roll.
Sh.(D) 1901 T. P. Ollason Mareel (1909) 21:
An' wi' a fill o' bogie rowe, Firget my troubles dere.
Bnff.(D) 1927 E. S. Rae Hanselfae Hame 5:
When surly storm win's shoud the trees, Ye feuch your bogie, streeked at ease.
Abd.(D) 1917 C. Murray A Sough o' War (1918) 25:
I full my pipe wi' bogie-rowe, an' birze the dottle doon, Syne snicher, as I crack the spunk, to think hoo things come roon.
Abd. 1988 Jack Webster Another Grain of Truth (1989) 25:
...the warm aroma of the Bogie Roll which came yoaming from their Steenhive pipes to mingle with cattle breath and turn the atmostphere of the sale-ring into a steaming, blue-grey concoction.
Dundee 1987 Norman Lynn Row Laddie Sixty Years On 18:
'It was fairly easy to cut doon on baccy, but gaein' fae Bogie Roll ti Bugger-all, that wis the killer'.
Lnk. 1928 H. Lauder Roamin' in the Gloamin' 48:
Bogey roll, the only tobacco with a sufficient kick in it.

[Bogie Roll was named after the River Bogie in Aberdeenshire by George Cockburn, a tobacco manufacturer in Keith in the early 19th cent. The thinness of bogie twist enabled the seller to give a greater length of it per ounce than in the case of other varieties and because of this and its good quality it became popular all over the North of Scotland. It was stocked also in the fishing centres in the east of England — e.g. Lowestoft and Yarmouth — for the benefit of the Sc. fishermen. The varieties of black twist in the order of their thickness are: Lurgan (extra thick), Scotch, Irish, Bogie, Mid (thin), Fine (chewing). (Extract from letter 1935 from Mr Everard Cockburn, Inverness, grandson of the above-mentioned George.)]

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"Bogie n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 26 May 2024 <>



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