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Ventar, Vendar, n.1 Also: venter, -air, wentar, vendir, vyndour, vinter. [e.m.E. vendor (1594), vender (1596), venter (1620), F. vendeur, AF vendor.] a. A seller of goods. b. specif. A seller of (wine, etc.); one who broaches (a cask, etc. of wine, etc.) for the purpose of selling it. Cf. Vent v.1 b. Also comb. a. All the toun vyndouris of gudis ventit or temyt in the rade havin or toun of Leith; 1482 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 45.
Severall … who are vendirs of herrings; 1659 Dumfries Council Min. MS 2 May.
b. That all taverneris and vtheris ventares of wyne within this burgh sell thair wynes … for xij d. the pynt, vnder the payne of escheitt of the pvncheoun that is rynnand; 1548 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 134.
Ventaris of wyne quhilkis payit of euerye puntioun wyne ane choppoun to Sanct Anthonis alter; 1561 Edinb. B. Rec. III 111.
To summond Johnne Pacoke [etc.] … and uthiris contenit in precept, selleris and venteris of wine, for contravening the pices thairof; 1566 Treas. Acc. XII 14.
That all ventares of wyne, topsters and browsters haif thair pynts, quarts and choppins … merket … with the touns merk hard be the lip; 1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V 381.
Ane pynt of vynis … of ilk twn … to be pait be the ventaris of the vyne; 1597 Perth Guildry 553.
[Losses sustained by the] ventaris of wyne … [by the] continuall lekage thairof and fraud and desait of thair servandis having the chairg of the selling and rynning of thair wynis; 1601 Reg. Privy C. VI 200.
The haile browstaris and wentaris of ale … hes … sauld thair ele darrer nor auchteine penneis the pynt; 1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. MS 91b.
Sum nytbors venters of oistlarie & wines refuss to sell the saim to all personis [etc.]; 1622 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 136.
(b) Be ressoun of the eis and adwantage that the saidis vendaris hes in selling thair wynis; 1596 Irons Leith I App. 565.
(c) It sall not be lesum to onie hostilar, tavernar, or vinter of wyne, aill, or beir, to sell or vent onie wyne, aill, or beir, fra ten houris at nicht furth; 1606 Aberd. B. Rec. II 286.
comb. The saidis wemen tavernaris, wyne ventairis, or topstairis of wyne; 1579–80 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 155.

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