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Brint, Brynt, ppl. a. [f. Brin v.]

1. Burned. (Cf. Brunt ppl. a.) c1420 Wynt. iv. 2012.
Sa that thai mycht … byg agayne thare brynt cyte
1456 Hay II. 119/20.
He mon cast in it mekle brynt wod
1513 Doug. iii. ix. 86.
A scharpyt and brynt steyng of tre
1531 Bell. Boece I. 108.
Lame piggis … full of brint powder
1548 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 143.
The durris and windois of thair said brynt land
1554 Ib. 305.
For outtaking of the auld brint corbellis of the foirstair
1555 Acts II. 491/1.
The awnar of the brint tenement
1567 G. Ball. 128.
Brint sacrifice is na delyte Unto thy maiestie
c1650 Spalding I. 18.
To tak wp thair ashes and brynt boneis
Ib. 24.
The brynt tower and voltis beneth
1649 Misc. Spald. C. V. 229.
The scarcitie of moiss be the gryt abuse in burneing of them, and making of brintland
To desist from labouring of any brintland

b. Brint annuellis, the annual rents payable on ‘lands and tenements’ burned by the English. (Cf. 1551 Acts II. 489/2.) 1555 Peebles B. Rec. 221.
To haif payment thairof conforme to the actis maid be the Thre Estatis of the brint annuellis

2. Brint silver, refined silver. Also brint gold. 1451 Acts II. 39/2.
Thai think it expedient … at thar be strikin of the vnce of brynt siluer or bulȝeon of that fynes viij grottis
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 316.
Bordouris … Betin with brint gold
1508 Treas. Acc. IV. 110.
Item, payit … Ramsay that he gaif for iij unce brint silvir to mak iij quadrantis for gunnis
1545 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 222.
[The] bailȝie ordinit thame to feche tua unce of fyne brint siluer … to be deliuerit to thair thesaurar
1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 57.
That … thai … deliver to the cunȝehous certane unces of brint silver for bulȝeoune
1597 Halyb. p. cxv.
The last of drinking beir, tua unce brint silver

3. Brint Candilmes, the Candlemas of 1355, when Edward III burned a great part of the south of Scotland. (Cf. Brunt ppl. a.) c 1480 Skene Chron. Picts & Scots 387.
The ȝere of God a thousand iij. hundyr and lv. ȝeris, was the brint Candilmes
1533 Boece xv. xiv. 601 b.
And becaus in fervour of thir weris … war sene bleisis and flambis of fire this solempnitie was commonlie nemmyt brynt Candilmes to the posterite

4. Marked by burning; branded. 1565 Edinb. B. Deeds MS. 197 b.
Sax chalderis beir … to be deliuerit vpoun the schoir of Leith with the brint met and mesour of Leith

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