Scottish Genealogy

Monday, 16 July 2012

Old Scots Words - Erding or Eirding

Our fifth word, and we move onto 'e' - today we have:

'Erding' (or 'Eirding')

This one looks nothing like its modern English equivalent.  At first glance, I thought it would be 'herding' with the 'h' dropped, but in actual fact the Dictionary of the Scots Language tells me that it actually means 'burial' or 'burying'
You might see it used in a sentence like the following from the Accounts of the Treasurer of Scotland of 1545:

'For erdding of ane pure man that was slane'

[for burial of a poor man that was killed] 

This is another early word, and most examples of its use seem to be from the 1600s and earlier.  It might not come up very often, but it's a good word to look out for - it had me completely confused until I got the dictionary out!

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