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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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KILLOGIE, n. Also killogy (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein), kil(l)oggie, kiln-l(y)ogie, -loggie; kilnogie (Dmf. 1864–5 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. (1867) 56), kil(l)hogie, kilnhogi(e) (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1914 Angus Gl.), -hoggie, -huggie (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.). See also Hoggie, n.1, Logie, Ogie. The word is applied to different parts of a kiln, according to its date and method of construction. [kɪ′logi]

1. The kiln itself. Some of the quots. may properly belong to later sections.Dmf. 1718 Mr Taylor's Case Stated 35:
Another Piece of Ground on this side of the Burn opposite to the Kiln logie.
Sc. 1746 Lyon in Mourning (S.H.S.) II. 329:
Fraser being put in a corn kilnlogie, where he remained for three months.
Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 35:
There's few o' them gotten . . . but in out-houses, auld barns, backs o' dikes, and kil-loggies.
Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. vi.:
The muckle chumlay in the Auld Place reeked like a killogie in his time.
Slk. 1818 Hogg Hunt of Eildon i.:
I hope she did not mention the kilnlogie, Croudy?
Abd. 1896 J. Ogilvie J. Cruickshank 132:
A kiln called the “logie” or “kiln-logie”, where the corn was dried by means of artificial heat before it was sent to the mill. . . . It was a stone building in the form of an inverted cone, eight or ten feet high, ten or twelve feet in diameter at the top, and four or five feet in diameter at the bottom.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 20:
A muckle . . . motor-laarie — a perfeet killogie for reek — cam snorkin an dunnerin bye.
m.Sc. 1986 Colin Mackay The Song of the Forest 62:
" ... Aye! (She grinned over the one flame of the peat.) We would climb down inside the kiln-logie (the pit, you ken), which is a dark and dreich enough place at any time, ... "

2. The fire or fire-place of a kiln (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 298; Bnff. 1902 J. Grant Agric. Bnff. 150 Years Ago 17; Sh. 1951 Sh. Folk Bk. II. 80, Sh. 1960; Arg. 1990s).Sc. 1776 Dundee Weekly Mag. (31 May) 407:
The above accident was occasioned by the dryster's leaving some fire in the kiln-loggie unextinguished.
Gall. 1822 Scots Mag. (Oct.) 420:
Roasting of apples and burning nuts at a kill-oggie, on halloween, was a favourite amusement with our ancestors.
Sc. 1857 H. Miller Scenes and Leg. 467:
We'll trim up the fire in the killogie thegether.
Abd. 1894 Trans. Bch. Field Club 125:
The space below the kebbars, stickles, and straw, and walled up, was called the “kiln-lyogie” or “kiln-logie”. In this was kindled the fire to dry the grain.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 171:
The fire burned under the chylpin-stane in the kiln huggie and needed constant watching.
Ork.1 1925:
The bonfire wis lowin like a kilhogie.

3. The charred gatherings of grain in the back of a kiln, which have fallen from the drying floor above.Abd. 1889 Trans. Bnff. Field Club 61:
With all care much of the grain fell through, and every now and then it had to be gathered out of the kiln mathie or empty space at the back of the fire. This half charred mass was the kiln-logie, or simply the Logie.

4. The covered space or porch in front of a kiln fire-place, which acts as a draught for the fire and is large enough to shelter the kiln-man (Sc. 1825 Jam.; ‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), and store fuel.Rxb. 1845 T. Aird Old Bachelor 243:
[To] lie half an hour in the seedy killogie with the fire-feeding kilnman, if perchance he may vouchsafe him a roasted potato.
Abd. 1865 R. Dinnie Birse 19:
In the other end, which stood clear of the ground, was a door in the side wall near the angle which led into an apartment of ten or twelve feet in breadth and length where they kept their fuel, and this was called the kiln-logie.
Lnk. 1880 W. Grossart Shotts 127:
The little house or vacuity before the fireplace was called the killogie.
Sc. 1956 W. M. Findlay Oats 170:
The space round the fire where the dryster sat and kept it up was known as the “kilnlogie”.

5. An open space or boss in the centre of a stack of corn or hay, gen. formed by a wooden tripod, to ensure ventilation and drying. Cf. Kill, n.1, 3.Sc. 1814 J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. App. I. 379:
Remarks on the Utility of raising Corn Stacks on Pillars three feet high, with a proper Kill-logie, or hollow Space in the Centre of the Stack.

[O.Sc. killogy, 16th c. From Kill, n.1, + Logie, q.v.]

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