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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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DOONIE, n. In the game of Hand-ball, a member of that team (opposed to the Uppies) which plays towards the downward goal or Hail, esp. referring to the games played annually in Orkney and Roxburgh.Ork. 1932 The Times (29 Dec.) 7/4:
The games usually take place on Christmas Day. . . . The opposing forces, “Uppies” and “Doonies,” from up town and down town respectively, were evenly matched.
Rxb. 1909 Teviotdale Rec. (24 Feb.) 3/1:
During the whole afternoon the Doonies seemed to preponderate, and assisted by the gravitation laws, they kept the maul going slowly but surely downwards.
Rxb. 1928 The Times (2 March) 10/5:
The game [Fastern's E'en football] was played between married men and bachelors, East and West, or “Uppies and Downies.”
Rxb. 1948 Scotsman (18 Feb.):
The annual Fastern's E'en handba' game between the “Uppies” and “Doonies” was waged in the streets of Jedburgh yesterday with traditional vigour and good sportsmanship.
Rxb. 1998 Scotsman 25 Apr 47:
The gentle art of Hand Ba, played between uppies and doonies from Jedburgh. The Borders likes its sport - even its cricket - rough and ready.

[From Doon, adv.1]

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