Green’s Dictionary of Slang

scran v.

[scran n. (2)]

1. [mid-18C] to provide with food.

2. [mid-18C–mid-19C] to collect scraps of food to make up a meal.

3. [1990s+] to eat.

In derivatives

scranning (n.)

[mid–late 19C] (Scot.) begging for scraps of food.

In phrases

out on the scran

[mid-18C–mid-19C] in the position of begging for scraps of food.