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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Byrunnis, n. pl. Also: byrunis, -runes, -runs, byrounis, -ronis, byirones, byrinnis. [f. Byrun ppl. a.] Payment for past periods or terms; arrears. (Cf. Byganis.) 1562 Stirling Chart. 210.
It is ordinet … that na settes be sett to ony persoun that hes takis of auld quhill thai pay fyrst the byrunnis
1570 Rec. Earld. Orkney 132.
The good wif to satisfy in all his sone for the by rounis thairof
1573 Acts III. 83/1.
Quhilkis persounis ar now persewand the saidis landis for byrunnis awin thame
1580 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 151.
He … to pay ten merkis … in compleitt payment of the byrunis thairof
1584 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 10.
They … ar maid assignays to the hail byronis
1595 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 160.
Sundry actiounes … againes the occupearis of the new kirk yairdes … for byirvnes
1607 Edinb. Test. XLIII. 165 b.
Byrounis awand to hir furth of the tenement
c1630 Hope Practicks 105.
If the lands be comprised for the byruns of an annualrent
1663 Forbes Baron Ct. 237.
To pey ther deuties and byrinnis within tearm of lawe
1665 Decis. Lords G. 97.
As to the by-runs, they are bona fide possessores, having up-lifted and consumed the same

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