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Esch(e, n. Also: eisch(e. [ME. esche (c 1440), rare variant of Asche n.] An ash tree; ash wood.(1) 1513 Doug. xi. iii. 80.
The heich eschis soundis … For dyntis rude of the scharp stelyt ax
1530 M. Works Acc. I. 37 b.
For wall plaitis of ane eische for the kingis grace letacamp bed
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 208.
Twa beddis of escheis
1546 Acta Conc. MS. XXI. 54.
The … distructioun of the … aikis, escheis, allaris, byrkis, and vtheris growand
1578 Reg. Great S. 766/2.
Eschis, sauchis, aller, esp, plane, … elm and birk
1587 Ib. 455/2.
Cum … plantatione arborum vocat. escheis, playnis et elme
(2) 1506 Treas. Acc. III. 196.
For … cutting of tua blokkis of esch for the schip
1530 M. Works Acc. I. 33 b.
ii cuttis of esche for extreis to the hurle cartis
1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 498.
To the pynouris in Leitht for the baring and carting of … pikkis of Spanȝe esche
1563 Peebles B. Rec. 289.
Ane litill bikker callit ane salt fat with ane fute of esche
1573 Reg. Cupar A. I. 192.
Tha sal put thar land to al possibil polici in … plantacion of treis, esch, osar and sauch

b. Attrib. and comb. with hedit, stupe (post), timmer, tre. 1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 498.
1c vij pikkis, quhite esche hedit
1565 Peebles B. Rec. 299.
That Johne Wille cuttit and tuk away ane certin esche treis
1576 Edinb. Test. IV. 250.
Ane kyst of esche tymmer, ane ark of aik tymmer
1605 Ib. XL. 22 b.
Sex cuttis of esche tries
1656–7 Peebles B. Rec. II. 198.
For four eshe stupes
1660 Melrose R. Rec. I. 326.
[Eight] esch and elme trees

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