"The Hamely Tongue" by James Fenton has 'clipe' (to tell, inform on) from Middle English 'clepe' and Old English 'cleopian' (to call, to name). And secondly, 'clipe' a large piece, a large area, (origin obscure). Burns in "Halloween" uses 'blypes' to describe someone losing large pieces of skin from his knuckles. Fenton's book is subtitled 'A Personal Record of Ulster-Scots in Co. Antrim.'