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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
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Uphalder, n. [ME and e.m.E. upholdere (1333), vp-holder (Piers Plowman); Uphald(e v. Also in the later dial. (SND, s.v. Uphaud v. 4).] One who maintains or supports (another). Also fig. 1535 Stewart 36696.
We ar vnworthie thair maisteris to be, It that tha wyn at our plesour to spend, And syne dow nocht our vphalderis defend
1570–1 Canongate Ct. Bk. 314.
Grissell Wilsoun tutrix and uphalder of Williame Lowsoun sone and air of umquhill Williame Lowsoun
1622 Orkney & Shetl. Test. I 75b.
Becaus his ȝoungest sone … hes bein maist serviall & beneficiall to him in his ald age thairfoir mak & constitut him during his lyftyme his cheiff vphalder
fig. 1588 King Cat. 177.
Certane vertues … called cardinal … the fontanes and … cheif springs and vphalders of vther vertues

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