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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Stel(l)ing, vbl. n. Also: stelline, stilein, stolling. [Stel(l v.]

1. The action of Stel(l v.: The securing or fixing (of something). Cf. Stel(l v. 2, esp. b. Also transf. 1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 67.
For … ane grete caldon naill to the stelling of the cran … abone the said battelling for the lyfting of the tymmer and leid
transf. 1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. II 193.
xvj laid of lyme for theiking and mending of the cordinarris choppis … xl laid sand … hyrit ane auld stabill to lay the lyme and sand in for steling quhill sklattis and uther necessaris wer providit

b. specif. The placing or fixing of a fishing-net across a river at or as a stell (Stel(l n.1). [Perhaps directly f. Stel(ln.1] 1560 Aberd. B. Rec. I 327.
Quha being accusit for the wrangous cutting of ane nett of the pott upoun the watir of Dee [etc.] … to caus the maisters and seruands of the forsaid pot water to desist and ceis fra forther stelling and stenting of thair netts athort the water bot as thai aucht to do

c. ? The possession of the fishing on a ‘stell’ (Stel(l n.1). Cf. Stel(l v. 2 c. 1442–3 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V ii 664 (16 Jan.).
The comoun consale puttis stilein to William

d. The halting of war, a (period of) truce. Cf. Stel(l v. 3, 6. 1522 Acta Conc. MS XXXIII 12.
The said abstinence & stelling is nocht preiudiciale to the trety last takin
1522 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 153.
[That the lords] to tak abstinence and stelling of weir fra moneth to moneth for the spaice of thre monethis [Huntly and Moray … neither consent nor dissent in regard] to the mentioun making of the said claus in the stelling of wer forsaid

2. Appar. some sort of fixing or housing, made of timber; ? timber for such a purpose. 1574 Dumfries B. Ct. MS 6 Oct.
Ane stelling roppit be Herbert Maxwell to x s. vj. d.
1676 M. P. Brown Suppl. Decis. II 212.
That it was the custom of all provident skippers to have a pump-stelling covered with pitched canvas, to guard against the spouting of the pump
1708 Dunbar Social Life I 56.
To 300 dales for bugdaline, stelline, and bulkes-head, £100

3. Stelling place, a place of refuge or shelter. 1513 Doug. xi x 95.
It is a stellyng [Sm. stelling, Ruddim. stolling] place and sovir harbry, Quhar ost in stail or enbuschment may ly

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