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Aslar, Astler, n. Also: aslaur, aslayr, asler, assillar(e, aselar, aceler, assh-, ashler, arshleir, -ller; astlare, astlair, -layr, astleir. [Variant of Aislar n. See also Eslar.] Hewn stone.(a) 1501 Edinb. B. Rec. 89.
That he sall furnys in hewing vjc fete of aslaurris
1531 M. Works Acc. II. 4.
xxvii pece aslar … to be wrocht in aslayris
1533 Boece ix. x. 312.
Ane plesing kirk craftely biggit of assillare weill hewyn & dressit
1560 Edinb. Old Acc. 317.
Item … for hewin wark, wall stanis and assillars
1623 Aberd. Univ. Rec. 282.
The haill upmest cours of the haill arshleir
1654 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 494.
66 peice of asshler of the Towne Quarrell
1695 Lanark B. Rec. 257.
A thousand stones … for asler to Clydsholme bridge
(b) 1387 Edinb. Chart. 36.
xijc hewyn stanys astlayr and coynyhe
1440 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 396.
Dabit … ad fabricam ecclesie … dimid. rude de astlaris
1501 Edinb. B. Rec. 89.
He sall furnys ilk fute of the astler weill hewin on all faces
1508 Comp. Episc. Dunkeld MS. 67.
In … solucionem laboris Iohannis massone circa lie astleir in Tullelum
a1586 Maitland Ho. Seton 29.
Biggit ane yle on the south syd of the paroche kirk … of fyne astler
1563 Edinb. Old Acc. 381.
To the quariour that wan the said astlaris

b. Attrib. with stane, wall, wark. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 82.
The pavement hes bene of aselar stanis
1560 Reg. S. Trin. 160.
For iicxv aslar stanis
1574 Inverness B. Rec. I. 239.
The away tacking of the aslar wall
To big the saidis wallis wyth stane, lyme, and aslar wark
1591 Misc. Spald. C. III. 163.
Thrie thowsand peice of fyne hewin free staine ashler work
1596 Dalr. I. 15/29.
An ornate brig of astlare warke
1610 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 312.
Five quarter hicht … with asler werk for saiftie of barnis
c1650 Spalding II. 300.
Doctour Goold … brak doun the astler wark about the turretis

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