A definition and etymology
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Janice Galloway b.1955
- The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
Something clicked. Something just outwith the range of definition. I was getting older.
- Clara 2003
A woman inside this body after all, a woman who woud certainly pain her and who might put her in mortal danger. Outwith her control. It hardly felt like herself.
William McIlvanney b.1936
- Surviving the shipwreck
How far he may have spoken relevantly to the times, how far he has contributed to the community's understanding of itself outwith the hothouse culture of the universities or the oxygen-tent conditions ...
But then any idea of working-class heroism as philosophically serious concept, outwith its usefulness as a source of simplistic slogans for for political purposes, is bound to offend social reformers.
Ian Rankin b.1960
- Knots and crosses
The fresher, more attentive faces belonged to the new boys, some of them brought in from stations outwith the city. ***
He was caught: a believer outwith his belief
- The Falls
the official photo faxed to train operators, bus companies and police forces outwith the Lothian and Borders area ***
- Pig Squealing - New Scottish Talent 1992 Janice Galloway, Hamish Whyte, Meg Bateman
No, the thing which is unusual about my situation is in fact outwith the flat although not exactly too far away. The intrusive element which provides, shall we say, the 'meat' of my story lives no further than one door away in the shapely form of my neighbour Gloria Winthrope. ***
- The raucle tongue: hitherto uncollected prose Hugh MacDiarmid, Angus Calder, Glen Murray, Alan Riach
The creative faculty is completely ouwith his ken.
... we would remove him outwith the State educational system altogether, being qualified to teach him ourselves
Angus Calder 1942-2008
Revolutionary empire: the rise of the English-speaking empires from the fifteenth century to the 1780s
If many puritans believed in witches and looked to portents, the movement's inherent contempt for idolatry and mystique heped agile minds within and outwith it towards scientific ...
... no control outwith the range of the guns of his warships ***
- Scotlands of the mind 2003
What everyone says is true: off a platform, outwith a flyting, whisky in hand, fag in mouth, the great man was sweetness personified
Jenni Calder b.1941
- Lost in the Backwoods: Scots and the North American Wilderness
She exposes the stresses and fallibility of individuals and families struggling to function outwith the framework of 'normal' Victorian society
Rob Roy is an anachronism, not just because he operates outwith the law, but because his life ...
James Kelman b.1946
Some recent attacks: essays cultural & political 1992
Of course beyond the game is a world where forces govern outwith the control of the professional politicians.
When a compromise like that needs to be made it cannot be made outwith the context of that struggle and that struggle alone.
- "And the judges said-- ": essays
And only then by those outwith the controlling group; fringe people, social misfits, failures, folk with chips on their shoulders;
i.e. forms of knowledge available to people outwith any experience they may have gained from being in the world.
John Prebble 1915-2001
- John Prebble's Scotland:
although he cared little for the Massacre, believing its importance exaggerated outwith the district ***
Morvern is the southern peninsula of the Rough Bounds, although some would place it outwith the Garbhchriochan ***
Nigel Tranter 1909-2000
- A History of Scotland
He quickly began to make his presence felt in Scotland - and outwith it ***
They cannot all be leaders, and consequently none are, and more united and less argumentative outsiders step in to lead them, whereas outwith Scotland, their natural energies and drive find scope amongst less combative folk, and they ... ***
All Highlanders on their return home, even on leave, were required to take off their kilts and tartan and leave them under lock-and-key at the sdge of their home districts, to be donned again only on their return to military duty outwith the Highlands. ***
Hugh MacDiarmaid 1892-1978
- Complete Poems. See also Language Log
Outwith the walls of Barcelona dwelt
A wonder-Rabbi humbly and alone***
- Poets Centre Stage, Volume 1
Within these city walls
The cars wynd their way
How I miss that silent hush
Outwith these city walls
William Jeffrey 1896-1946
- Selected Poems 1951
Flowering with her genial inocence,
Freely enjoyed outwith tyrannic power,
Beyond the pressure of the abstract state.
- Beyond Scotland: New Contexts for Twentieth-century Scottish Literature edited by Gerard Carruthers, David Goldie, Alastair Renfrew
Concepts of postmodernism and postmodernity have been disussed thoroughly, even excessively, in recent decades, and critics working outwith Scotland have regularly applied them to Scottish writing. ***
- Spirits of the Age: Scottish Self Portraits edited by Paul Henderson Scott
Outwith the cornucopia of the Book Festival, Edinburgh has constant poetry events
- The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid by Scott Lyall, Margery Palmer McCulloch
... in the Scottish universities or in universities outwith Scotland ***
- The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature
edited by Berthold Schoene-Harwood (7 instances)
Kelman's post-devolution fiction is set outwith Scotland ***
- The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark edited by Michael Gardiner, Willy Maley
Only one detail remains outwith her control: 'I don't want any sex,' she shouts.
- The Edinburgh Companion to Irvine Welsh edited by Berthold Schoene
Early in his career Irvine Welsh had a tendency to present himself as a kind of literary 'feral child', raisesd outwith any particular intellectual tradition or allegiance.
- Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion By Kirstie Blair
More broadly, renewed interest in 'externals' raised questions across denominations—and outwith Christianity —about the importance of religious practices in maintaining and displaying the faith.
- Modern Irish and Scottish Poetry edited by Peter Mackay, Edna Longley, Fran Brearton
misprizing and neglect of Byron in England is mainly due tt the fact that he stands outwith the English literary tradition altogether
- The Oxford Companion to Scottish History, by Michael Lynch
Only 5 to 8 per cent of all transportees were Scots, half of these sentenced outwith Scotland (hence the range). ***
- The Oxford Companion to Scottish History edited by Michael Lynch (16 instances)
Just outwith the headland enclosure, there is a subterranean well ... ***
Hearing such music outwith its plainsong liturgical context
establishment of country seats outwith the town boundaries ***
- A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800 to 1900 edited by Trevor Griffiths, Graeme Morton
those falling outwith fairly narrow expectations were liable to be stigmatised
Four summer months only was the tourist season for Oban's seventeen hotels in the early 1880s; outwith that period, 'they practically do nothing'.
- Longer Scottish poems 1375-1560
And syne with ane blyith cheir buskit that bald; Out of Paris proudly he preikit full prest, Intill his harnes all haill his hechtis for to hald. He umbekest the countrie outwith the toun, Na saw na thing on steir, Nouther fer ...
A note on spelling and language in older texts
The letters s and f
Middle Scots c.1450 - c.1700
quh = wh
- quhyte = white
- quhat = what
- quhilk = which
- quhete = wheat
- þ (the Old English letter 'thorn') = th (þat = that; þe = the)
- sch = sh (schuldaris = shoulders)
- is = s - in some inflections (accordis = accords; erlis = earls)
- be = by
- ony = any
- sik = such
- gif / giff / geif = if
- From a law made in 1455, in the reign of James II, quoted in
The History of Great Britain, Volume 10 by Robert Henry 1788
Sixteenth century - Google Books
- Criminal trials and other proceedings before the High Court of Justiciary
by Robert Pitcairn 1537
And geif þair be ony þat pakis, or pelis, or houfis wol, skin, hidis, outwith þe hede-burghe, sik as Leithe, and uther unfré Portis and placis (geif = if; þ = th)
- Part of a law from 1546, connected with the killing of Cardinal Beaton, who was murdered in 1544, quoted in Epistolæ Jacobi quarti, Jacobi quinti, et Mariæ, regum Scotorum
(Letters of James IV, James V and Mary, Queen of Scots), published in 1724
- Part of a law passed in 1555, in the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, quoted in
The History of the Scottish Stage John Jackson 1793
- Register of the Privy Council 1592
to remane in any barne or byre outwith his said house
no burgessis nor utheris personis that buis any corne or victuall to sell agane hald victuall in burgh nor outwith mair than will sustene him
transport to any part of this realm, or outwith the same
- The laws and actes of parliament maid by King James the first ... 1597
And that this statute be not allanerly extended to them,that dois barratrie in time to cum;bot als to them outwith the Realme now, that beis convict of barratrie. (barratrie = purchasing religious benefices froj the see of Rome)
- Register of the Privy Council 1599
Mungo of Lockerbie and his sone Archie are not sufficent becaus it is set doun be the plege buik, and be his Majestie and Counsall, that the plege sall be within fifteen yearis, and outwith XXV years of age, men of ...
Seventeenth century - Google Books
- A Compleat History of the Life and Raigne of King Charles from His Cradle to his Grave William Sanderson 1658
- The Laws and Acts Made in the First Parliament of Our Most High and Dread Soveraign James VII 1685
- Observations on the Acts of Parliament: Made by King James the First Sir George Mackenzie 1687
- The Laws And Acts Of Parliament Made by King James the First and His Royal Successors Thomas Murray Vol 1 1682
And gif (if) it be presented on ane utter daie outwith the court , that it be cryed on fifteene dates.More examples
The accusers and other persones, having liberty tp passe to the said Assise, and to produce to them sik writtes and witnesses and uther probation, as they pleased, to verifie the crime, outwith the presence of the parties accused:.
that the mouth be ringed about with an croce inwith and outwith
- The Muses Threnodie: Or, Mirthful Mournings on the Death of Mr Gall
Henry Adamson 1683
Eighteenth Century - Google Books
- Virgil's Aeneis translated into scottish verse
Gawin Douglas, Bishop of Dunkeld 1710
Abufe the wattir thair hals stude euermar,
With bludy crestis outwith the wallis hie ;
- The History Of The Sufferings Of The Church of Scotland From the Restauration to the Revolution
Robert Woodrow 1721
Council give her Assurances, that whatever she declared thereanent, shall never be used against her, either in Judgment, or outwith the same; and they promise to indemnify her for any Accession she had to ...
- Free thoughts on the toleration of popery
Calvinus Minor 1780
In Great Britain and Ireland, the first Relief Act, called the "Papists Act", was passed in 1778; subject to an oath renouncing Stuart claims to the throne and the civil jurisdiction of the Pope, it allowed Roman Catholics to own property, to inherit land, and to join the army. Reaction against this led to riots in Scotland in 1779 and then the Gordon Riots in London on June 2, 1780. (Wikipedia)
Nineteenth Century - Google Books
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- An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language 1808 - barratrie