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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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LODGE, n., v. Sc. usages. Also ludje (Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 110); ludge. [lʌdʒ. See etym. note.]

I. n. A hut or shelter where men work, specif.: 1. of operative masons and hence, by extension to Freemasons, a local company or fellowship, now Eng., but appar. of Sc. orig. in this usage; 2. of fishermen engaged in salmon or, in Sh., deep-sea fishing, a bothy. Also attrib.; 3. of miners: a pithead shelter (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 42).1. Sc. 1696 in Knoop & Jones Sc. Mason (1939) 83:
What is the name of your lodge? Kilwinning. Where was the first lodge? In the porch of Solomon's Temple.
Sc. 1755 Scots Mag. (March) 135:
A lodge is a place where masons assemble and work. Hence that assembly or society of masons is called a lodge.
2. Per. 1830 Perthshire Advert. (28 Jan.):
A few days ago, some evil disposed persons broke into the fisher's lodge on the North Inch, which contained the apparatus for resuscitating drowned persons, and completely destroyed it.
Sh. 1869 J. T. Reid Art Rambles 19:
It[fishing station]s rows of huts or lodges, ten or twelve of them built in a block, having side-walls instead of gables in common.
Sh. 1892 Manson's Sh. Almanac:
Whin I comes inta da lodge, da skipper wis sittin wi a viscal o gloy windin fytlins for da cappies.
Sh. 1900 Ib. 122:
The lodge-men at Skerries and other outlying places.
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 92:
We got twa turbots — bonnie lodge fish — an' tree-an'-twinty ling.
Per. 1939 L. Melville Land of Gowrie 41:
They were known as “lodges” more than bothies and usually consisted of a single room where seven men slept at one time.
Sh. 1957 J. Stewart Sh. Archaeology 45:
Unroofed fishermen's lodges, where the men rested between spells at the haaf.
3. Lnk. 1893 T. Stewart Among the Miners 34:
He had the body conveyed to the hill and laid in the lodge, that is, a little rude hut that no “hill” was considered complete without in those days.

II. v. As in Eng., to reside, sojourn. Hence ludger (Sh., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Fif., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s), ludgin. Sc. usages in derivs.: 1. lodgeable, suitable for dwelling in, habitable. Obs. in Eng. in 17th c.; 2. lodging, a house, esp. a self-contained one; 3. lodgment, in Mining: a reservoir or water-store underground (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 43). Hence lodgment level, “a room driven level course at a short distance to the dip of a pit and used for storage of water” (Ib.).1. Abd. 1725 W. Orem Old Aberdeen (1791) 85:
He made a convenient lodgable house, anno 1713. His name and said year are on the peat-stones thereof.
Ayr. 1744 Ayr Presb. Register MS. (6 June):
To Inspect the Manse and Officehouses of Riccarton To see if they be in a sufficient and Lodgeable condition.
Sc. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XII. 22:
The manse is a large lodgeable house.
Sc. a.1850 in J. Ogilvie Imp. Dict.:
The lodgeable area of the earth.
2. Slg. 1722 Caled. Mercury (5 July):
A great Stone Lodging or Tenement of Land, consisting of 10 Fire Rooms, 2 Closets, Wardrope, Laidner, Pantry.
Abd. 1767 Aberdeen Jnl. (23 Feb.):
These Tenements of Foreland, Inland and Backland, lying upon the South-side of the Castlestreet of Aberdeen, commonly called Marishalls Lodging.
Sc. 1798 Monthly Mag. VI. 436:
“A lodging all within itself, with divers easements, to set”, is the common stile of a bill for letting a house in Edinburgh.
Ayr. 1823 Galt R. Gilhaize I. i.:
Going straight up the walk to the door of a lodging, to the which this was the parterre and garden.
Sc. 1832 Fraser's Mag. (Sept.) 254:
They call a self-contained house a lodging, and a flat or floor a house, and a house of many floors they call a laun [in Glasgow and Edinburgh].
Sc. 1887 MacGibbon and Ross Castell. and Domest. Architecture Scot. II. 417:
Argyll's Lodging, Stirling. This is probably the finest specimen of an old town residence remaining in Scotland.
Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 38:
He … took a gran ludgin, efter gettin mair siller frae the Writer.
Mry.1 1925:
A wee ludgin far we were mairriet.
Sc. 1961 Gsw. Herald (22 April):
Sir Hector [Hetherington] gazing from the front windows of the Principal's Lodging [official residence in Glasgow University].
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 60:
Tooch-tooch, Ah widnae get a jildy oan ...
New ludging's ready for you and you alone ...
You're for the jile, by order o' Mr. Prince hissel'.
Abd. 1991 George Bruce in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 23:
free stinks, free quarters, ludgins
shared by a' creepin things - winos, wide-boys,
crack addicts, chancers wha didna tak their chance,
traivellers wha's traivellin's ended, a deein man
wi a dog, a lassie wi a bairnie at her breist

[Forms with u [ʌ] are almost exclusively Sc. O.Sc. luge, n., from 1375, v., a.1400.]

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