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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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MAGGIE, n.2 Also maggy. In mining: an inferior quality ironstone (Lnk. 1825 Jam.). Used attrib. in maggy blase, -blaes (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 43), id., and maggie-band, a stratum of maggie.Lnk. 1793 D. Ure Rutherglen 253:
The most uncommon variety of till, in this country, is one that, by the miners, is called Maggy. It is incumbent on a coarse ironstone, or doggar.
Lnk. 1843 Trans. Highl. Soc. 92:
The maggy bands. . . . Each of these ironstone bands is characterized by its peculiar fossil remains, and one of them is a mass of shells.
w.Lth. 1845–7 Ib. 234:
Below the black blase there is a lighter-coloured blase, named by the workmen the “maggie blase” which is 8 inches thick.
Ayr. 1925 Econ. Geol. Ayr. Coalfields I. 19:
A limy “Maggie” band, showing cone-in-cone structure, was often present just above the ironstone.

[Orig. uncertain. But cf. O.Sc. magwood, 1677, appar. an inferior type of coal. Poss. connected with Magg, v., n.]

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