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Alhallowmes, n. Also: alhallou-, al-, allhallo-, allhallw-; al-, allhalow-, alhalo-; auhallo-, ahallowmes, ahalamis. [ME. alhalewe-, alhalwe messe, repr. a late OE. al(ra) hálᵹa mæsse.] The feast of All Saints; the first of November. Also attrib. Also Alhallowmes day. (a) c1420 Wynt. v. 5636.
This the fyrst mater wes Off the fest we call Allhalowmes
Ib. viii. 2187.
Syne fra the Alhalowmes In Yngland till Yhule he bydand wes
1478 Acta Aud. 69/1.
The frutis of the said vicarage tane vp … sen the fest of alhalomes last bipast
1510 Rec. Earld. Orkney 86.
The feist of Allhallomes nex efter the dait of this present vrit
1528 Edinb. B. Rec. 3.
Forswamekill as this present fair of Allhallomes sall begyn at this toun on Mononday nixttocum
1543 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 19.
The fest of all Sanctis callit Allhallomes
1582 Conv. Burghs I. 160.
Att four termes in the ȝeir, viz. Alhalowmes, Candilmes, Beltan, and Lambmes
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 124.
Merchantis, craftismen, ... to accompany the provest. . and to proclame thair Alhallovmes fair
1622 Grant Chart. 336.
Vntill the feast of Alhalloumes
(b) 1568 Peebles B. Rec. 307.
To pas to James Craw sculmaster, and warin him to se for himself at Auhallomes, and dischairg thair said maister fra the said term … of Auhallomes nixttocum
1615 Reg. Great S. 43/2.
Payand … 12 meilles … and 12 pultrie, at the feist of Ahalamis
1628 Sutherland Corr. 149.
Adam is to come to the colledge att Ahallowmes

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