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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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(Barnȝarde,) Bairneyaird, n. Also: barneȝard(e, -ȝaird, -yeard; (barnyȝaird,) barnyeard; bairne-yeard. [Var. of Bernȝard n.] A barnyard. 1491 Acta Conc. 184/2.
The … awaytakin … out of his barne ȝard & feild of Torwechquhy of all the cornez
1533 Bell. Livy II. 75/8.
His hous ... to be ane vode place like ane barne ȝarde in tymes cummyng
1558-66 Knox I. 406.
To tak the barne-yairdis new gatherrit, the gernallis replenischeit [etc.]
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 49.
Thaj brunt tua barnyȝairdis in Nether Keith
Ib. 163.
Thaj brint the said toun … with ane clois and barne ȝaird full of cornis
1588 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 426.
Ther was … resten in the barnes and barne yaerdis xxvjxx bollis aittis
1621 Black Bk. Taymouth 361.
Within ane browstar hous, bairneyeard, nor … aney biggingis pertening to the hoisteller
1656 Sutherland Chart. 198.
Of victuall the excrescens of his Maynes in bairne and bairneyaird
1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 640.
The best house … with malt steeding, brewhouse, … bairne yaird and croft

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