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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Barne-bed, Bairn-bed, n. Also: barn-, bairne-, berne-bed; bairnes, bayrnis bed. [Barne n. Cf. e.m.E. childesbed (1535), E. dial. childbed.] The womb or an affection of this.(a) c1500 Rowll Cursing 62.
The barn bed [B. bernebed] and the morb behind
1598 Misc. Spald. C. I. 119.
Thow confessis that thow can heall the falling seiknes, barne bed, and all sort af vther seikness
1637 Strathbogie Presb. 15.
Issobell Malcolme … confessed that she had charmed both these gentlewemen for the bairne bed
1654 Ib. 248.
She had gone to the goodwife of Aredoule and gotten a drink for the bairn-bed
(b) 1549 Compl. 67/11.
Muguart … is gude for the suffocatione of ane vomans bayrnis bed [pr. hed]
1595 Duncan Appendix.
Matrix, uterus, the bairnes bed

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