noundialect British, Northern English, Scottish, Irish
= handcloth .
Sc. National Dict. (at Hand) records the word as still in use in Shetland, Angus, Midlothian, and southern Scotland in 1956.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Marshall (bap. 1745, d. 1818), agricultural writer and land agent. From hand + clout.