Yaird meaning

1870, Sir Walter Scott, Old Mortality, A. & C. Black, page 425.

And in this equipage, with his little phizie (fusee) upon his shoulder, he marches to the church yaird, where the May-pole was sett up, and the solemnitie of that day was to be kept.

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1998, Leah Leneman, Alienated Affections: The Scottish Experience of Divorce and Separation, 1684-1830, Edinburgh University Press, page 30.

A witness, Thomas Storie, said that Dalmahoy, with ‘a young woman Iron coloured of a high stature [i.e. tall] in common habit’, called at a neighbour’s house and asked for a drink of ale and enquired ‘if there was a yaird or any place for him and her to walk in’, and that they went to the yaird in question where Storie saw him ‘kissing and Imbraceing the said woman’.

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