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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BROTH, Broath, n.1 As in St.Eng., but gen. regarded as a pl. in Sc. [brɔθ, broθ]Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 61:
The broth are very good.
Sc. 1899 H. G. Graham Soc. Life in 18th Cent. I. ii.:
The everlasting broth (or “broath” — for so all society spelt and pronounced it) and the salt meat and “kain hens” were not inevitable at a repast.
Kcb.1 1936:
They's guid broth.
Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn. 13:
Broth, like porridge and sowans, is spoken of in the plural: “A few broth,” “Will you sup them?” “They're very salt the day.”

†Comb.: broth kirkie (see quot.).Ags. c.1730 A. Graeme in Scots Mag. (Aug. 1936) 340:
Thus began the Love-Feast, the sitting-down after the morning service on Sunday to a common table, which act resulted in the name “The Kail Kirk,” or, as in Montrose, “The Broth Kirkie.”

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