stumpard [Scottish]

Also spelled stimpart, stimpert, stimpard. According to the Scottish National Dictionary, the word derives from “sixteent' part” (as a unit of capacity it is ¹⁄₁₆ of a firlot).


In some parts of Scotland, mainly Ayrshire, at least as early as the 18ᵗʰ – 19ᵗʰ centuries, a unit of dry capacity, = ¼ peck, about 2.26 liters. A local name for the forpet or lippie.

Swinton (1789), page 58.

Second Report, (1820). Page 32.

John Jamieson.
Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language.
(1825 Supplement). Vol II.
Page 487, under “stimpart”. Described as ⅛ of the Winchester bushel.


In Ayrshire, Scotland, a unit of land area, the amount of land that, sown with flax, would yield a ¼ peck of linseed. From Jamieson (below). If he is correct, this is an unusual unit. When a unit of land area and a unit of capacity share a common name, the land area is usually the amount of land that would be sown with the amount of seed contained in the unit of capacity (a seed measure of land). In this case, the area is based upon the yield.


In Scotland a varying unit of land area = ¼ rig.  The rig is taken as 15 feet wide, but some sources say it was 810 feet long and others 600 feet, correspondingly the stimpart would vary from 2250 square feet to 3038 square feet.

comments that “a firlot of oats was considered sufficient seed for a rig.” It is somewhat strange that a stimpart was a fourth rather than a sixteenth of a rig.

John Jamieson.
Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language.
(1887 Supplement)

William Grant and David D. Mirison, eds.
The Scottish National Dictionary.
Edinburgh: The Scottish National Dictionary Association, 1968.

The stimpart (in any spelling) is not found in A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue.

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