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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GO-HARVEST, n.comb. Also goe-, -ha(i)rst. The late autumn, the period of the year between harvest-time and the beginning of winter (Sc. 1773 Sc. Farmer II. 27; Bnff. 1812 D. Souter Agric. Bnffsh., App. 40, -harvest). Also corrupt forms gose harvest; goes-hairst, goss- (Twd. 1825 Jam.).Bch. 1735 J. Arbuthnot Farmers (1811) 16:
If the owner of such fields be not provided of dung in the go-harvest, he may lay it on before oat-seed.
Sc. 1743 R. Maxwell Select Trans. 10:
Other parts of it bear a thin Grass, and in the Go-harvest and Winter-season is of a yellowish Colour, which would appear to proceed from its being too wet.
Sc. 1814 North. Antiq. (Weber, etc.) 404:
You have seen . . . on a fine day in the go-harst . . . a number of cattle from different farms collected together, running about . . . like pigs boding windy weather.
Abd. 1872 J. G. Michie Deeside Tales 91:
It was i' the go-hairst, weel on to Halloween.
Sc. 1893 R. Inwards Weather Lore 31:
If the deer rise dry and lie down dry on Bullion's Day, there will be a good gose harvest.

[Prob. formed on analogy with Goe-summer, q.v.]

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