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Hallow evin, -even, n. Also: -hevin, -ewen, -ewin, -en, hallawewin. [Shortened from Alhallow evin.] Hallowe'en. 1564–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 481.
To Ihonne Waddell, trompetour, … for his iaubours on Hallowhevin
1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 374.
Ane carling of the Quene of Phareis, ... Through all Braid Abane scho hes bene On horsback on Hallow ewin
1591 Crim. Trials I. 233.
For the cwring of … the Schereff of Hadingtounis wyffe, quha wes wichit be the wich of Mirrielawis … , one Hallaw-ewin
1621 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 227.
[The council] ordanis Hallow evin to be riden and the nichtboures wairnit to that effect
1642 Elgin Rec. II. 243.
The Sessioun ordained all that danced one Hallow even to stand in ward 24 hours
1649 Cupar Presb. 136.
To intimat … , wpon the Saboths immediatly before Midsommer and Hallow-ewen, that no fyres to be set on wpon these nights
1684 Erskine Diary 90.
I observed more freets and devilish customs they practice on Hallow even

attrib. 1634 Dumfries Treas. Acc. in Dumfries & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. III. 301.
To the minstrells [etc.] ... upone Hallowen nycht

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