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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Brother-, Brether-barn(is), n. [Brother n. 4.] A brother's child. Also in pl., the children of brothers.(a) 1565 Edinb. B. Deeds 162 b.
The said Marioun & Williame my brother barnis
a1578 Pitsc. (1814) I. 111.
Tuo … that war brother bairnes with him
(b) 1530 Acta Conc. MS. XLI. 114.
Jok Bell … his sonis, brethir, and brethir barnis
1531 Bell. Boece I. 47.
His cusing Rewtha was maid king, for thay war brethir barnis
1564 Crim. Trials I. 443.
He and the Lard of Merchamestonis wyfe wes sister and brethir bairnis
1600 Ib. II. 145.
Mr. George Innes, … sister and brether bairnis with Iohne Roise
1620 Grant Chart. 320.
To dispone the samen to thair … brether barneis

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