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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Blak Frere, Blak Freir, n. [Late ME. blak frere (c 1500): see Blak a. 2 b.] A Dominican friar. Frequent in pl., also ellipt. for the convent or friary. c1420 Wynt. viii. 5485.
The Erle off Ros … At the Blak Freris had thare herbry
1443 Highland P. II. 179.
The twa markis of annual that the blak freris of Striveling has of the landis of Menstry
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 212/22.
This king Richert … was erdit in the blak freris of Striuling
Ib. 269/15.
Iames the first … was tratourisly slane in the blak freris of Sanct Ihonstoun
1531 Bell. Boece II. 341.
At this time, sindry blak freris wer send in Scotland be Sanct Dominik
a1540 Freiris Berw. 126.
Ane Blak Freir he wes of grit renown
1558 Q. Kennedy Tractive 158.
Bucere … wes ane apostata blak freir
1573 St. A. Univ. Rec. 299.
To … the anvell rent of the Blak Freiris of Sanctandrowis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 308/9.
His accusar was ane blak freir callit Campbell
Ib. II. 146/32.
[Thay] passit to the grayfreiris and blakfreiris and to the freiris of Tillielum

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