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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BUGGLE, BOGLE, Bogel, n.1 “A large bannock baked on Buggle-day” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.); “a large cake (of oat- or barley-meal), often with notched edges” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), bogel). Also attrib. [bogl, bʌgl]Sh.(D) 1899 J. Spence Sh. Folk-Lore 180:
Haud dee tongue, cuddle doon, an' du sall git a buggle.
Sh. 1932 J. M. E. Saxby Sh. Trad. Lore 74:
The buggle cakes . . . were flat, round “brünes” (scones) and represented the sun.

Combs.: 1. buggle-day, bogle-, “a feast-day on which, in times past, a buggle or great bannock was baked for each member of the family” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., buggle-; 1893 Manson's Shetland Almanac, bogle-); 2. buggle ree, bogelri, “storm; rough weather setting in about ‘Bogel-day'” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), bogelri).1. Sh. 1915 J. M. E. Saxby in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. VIII. i. 22:
Buggle-day was the 17th of March, and on it the folk went out with spade and hoe, and dug over a small rigg. Having prepared the ground, the patch was sown with corn, which was carefully watched over during spring and summer, for on its success depended the prosperity of the whole crop (so folk believed). The ripe grain shorn from that rigg was carefully preserved and ground into meal, and that was used on next year's Buggle-day for the buggle cakes.
2. Sh.(D) 1899 J. Spence Sh. Folk-Lore 116:
There was Buggle Ree, about the 17th of March.

[Jak. says prob. of same origin as Fær. bøkul, bøkil, lump, lumpy piece. Cf. also Sw. dial. bokla, bukkla, to work, break the ground with (Torp).]

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