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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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UPONLAND, adv., n. Also uppon-, up-o'-land.

I. adv. In the country, up country, in a rural area. Arch.Sc. 1895 H. Haliburton Dunbar 94:
At the Abbeys up-o'-land.

II. n. The upper or higher part of a district.Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry 65:
Till to Dun-nino's upponland He cam.

[O.Sc. uponland, = I., c.1480. The first quot. is an adaptation from The Freiris of Berwik 29, sometimes attributed to Dunbar.]

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