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Boutclaith, n. Also: bouteclaitht, -claytht, boult(e)claith; bowtclaitht; butclaith, -clayth; bout-, butcloath. [Later form of Bultclath. Cf. northern e.m.E. boutcloth (1592).] Bolting cloth; cloth of a thin or open texture.(a) 1513 Rentale Dunkeld. fol. 115.
Alloc. eidem per empcionem trium lie bowtclaithtis deliberat' Iohanni Broun pistori
1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 262.
xij elnis of bouteclaytht
1541–2 Ib. VIII. 53.
Ane elne bouteclaitht
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 12.
Sex elnis … of butclayth
1575 Ib. III. 361 b.
Ane steik of paintit boutclaithis
1578 Inv. Wardrobe 217.
Twa stickis of quhite boutclaith
Ib. 223.
A nycht gowne of quhite boutclaith … Ane auld gowne of blak boutclaith
1580 Treas. Acc. MS. 8.
Foure elnis of boutclaith to dicht the claithis with
1595 Duncan Appendix.
Exceruiculum, a sife or boulte claith
1612 Bk. Rates 291.
Boultclaith the haill peice, x li.
1645 St. A. Baxter Bks. 115.
That they len nane of butclaithis nor lumes to buit thair fluir
(b) 1681 Blackness Customs MS. 34 b.
Elevein peis butcloathes valu fourty six pounds Scotts
Ib. 37 b.
Tua half peis bout cloath

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