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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Barrow, Barow, n. Also: barrou, barro. [ME. barrow, barow(e, early ME. barewe (c 1300), prob. OE. *bearwe.] A hand-barrow … a1400 Leg. S. xxxviii. 307.
Men one barowis thaim bare
1453 Misc. Spald. C. V. 49.
For barrowis, tubbis, schullis, rydyllis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2900.
To thé wer better beir the stane barrow [B. of stone the barrow]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lx. 56.
With … bausy handis to beir ane barrow
1515–6 Rentale Dunkeld. MS. 215.
In empcionem … lie barrowis virgarum pro gestandis lapidibus
1537 Treas. Acc. VI. 299.
For barrois and bukettis to the stabill
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 349.
For beiring of xxxj barrois of erd in Prestonis ile
1555–6 Ib. 324.
Bocht … vj rauchteris to be clething to the barrowis
1572 Peebles B. Rec. 347.
To convene … with barrowis and mandis to beir stanis with to the wall
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 47.
Tua great tries for the barrowes

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