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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Benorth, prep. and adv. [e.m.E. benorth (rare), ME. bynorth (rare), OE. benorðan.]

1. prep. To the north of. 1375 Barb. ix. 304.
Benorth the Month
c1420 Wynt. vii. 605.
Be north Tay in till Dunde
Ib. viii. 18.
Wardanys be north the Scottis se
1437 Reg. Dunfermline 285.
The gate liand benorth the herber hill
1502 Orkney Rentals i. 20.
Wydwall benorth the burne
1539 Crim. Trials I. i. 222.
Benorth the watter of Tay
1542 Sutherland Chart. 98.
Partis of Cathanes benortht the Ord
1576 Reg. Great S. 753/2.
A litill benorth the said gait
1594 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 104.
To Elgyne and utheris pairtis benorth the same
1635 Kirkcaldy Presb. 86.
In Markinche, benorth the towne
1660 St. A. Presb. 184.
Besouth and benorth us
1696 Aberd. Chart. 383.
Ane rigg of land lyand benorth the duckat
1715 Coll. Aberd. & B. 34.
Buchan, lying benorth Ithan

2. adv. To or in the north. 1535 Stewart 33428.
ȝe in peice to bruik the laue benorth
1603 Moysie 70.
The southesyde of Forthe … and benorthe
1642 Orkney Rentals iii. 27.
The lands of Clastren besouth and benorth
1660 Cupar Presb. 184.
Besouth and benorth of us they have bein about this
c 1685 Cromarty Corr. 41.
The rest benorth were … writt to rendevouz at Lochness

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