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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PAROCHIN, n. Also -ine, -en, paroshin, paris(c)hen, -in, -on; pariochen (Wgt. 1712 Session Rec. Whithorn (22 June)); per(r)ishin (Sh. 1886 J. Burgess Sketches 1, 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 30), pa(i)risan (Ork. 1912 Old-Lore Misc. V. ii. 67). A parish (‡Sh., Lnk. 1965). Now chiefly liter. [′perɪʃən]Lnk. 1707 Minutes J.Ps. (S.H.S.) 13:
They do recomend to the heretors within the severall paroches to make nominatione of such persons as may be fitt to be constables within the saids parochens.
Inv. 1725 L. Shaw Hist. Moray (1882) III. 352:
The heritors of the burgh and parochin of Inverness.
Ayr. 1796 Burns The Cardin o't ii.:
I hae seen him on a day The pride of a' the parishen.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xviii.:
I hae kent a minister wad be fair gude day and fair gude e'en wi' ilka man in the parochine.
Slk. 1824 Hogg Shep. Cal. xii.:
Gudeman, gudeman, get up and raise the parishen, for our bairns are baith stown away!
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 11:
The tither, nae less brym in zeal, In landwart parochins gaed stretchin'.
Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 27:
Noo, ye ken, lethy Hellsness wus aen o' the greatest o' a' the grand folk i' the pairisan.
m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood vii.:
There's been mair witches howkit out o' Woodilee and brunt than in ony ither parochine on the Water o' Aller.
Sh. 1952 J. Hunter Taen wi da Trow 73:
An dan-a-days each perishon A peerie Foud did hae.

[O.Sc. has parrochyn, 1500, parischoun, 1555, a deriv. of Pairish, †paroch, of somewhat uncertain formation. North. Mid.Eng. has parichin, c.1450. It is possible that the word is a back-formation from †parochiner, Pareeshioner, which is itself a deriv. of Mid.Eng. †paroschien, O.Fr. paroissien, a parishioner.]

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