In Scotland, a name of the Devil. A Clootie's croft (Cloutie's croft) was a small portion of the best land that was set apart as a propitiatory gift to the Devil. It was dedicated to the devil's service alone, being left untilled and uncropped; it was reckoned highly dangerous to break up by tillage such pieces of ground.

The name comes from cloot, meaning one division of a cleft hoof. A common variant of the epithet is Old Cloots and Auld Clootie. Another provincial English and Scottish euphemism for the Devil is Horny or Old Horny, and Little-Gude and Auld Mischanter (Ayrshire).



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