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Bulȝeon, Bulȝeoun, n. Also: bullion(e, bullioun, bulleonge; bulȝeone, bullȝeon, boilȝon; bulȝoun(e, -ȝeoune, boulȝeo(u)n. [ME. and AF. bullion (1336), of uncertain origin.] Gold or silver as metal or coin; bullion.(a) 1436 Exch. R. IV. 680.
In vestimentis mimorum et argento dicto bullioun pro eisdem vestimentis
1468 Acts II. 92/1.
The actis made apon the bringing in of the bulleonge within the realme
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 86.
Twa braid pecis of brynt siluer bullion
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v.
Desiring the A.B.C. of bullion to be explained, and an solide order to be taken with the expres quantitie of bullion [etc.]
(b) 1436 Acts II. 23/2.
It at payis as a serplaith in fraucht sal bring thre vnce of bulȝeon hame
1449 Ib. 37/1.
The actis maide … for the bringyng hame of bulȝeon … be the merchandis
1451 Ib. 39/2.
At thar be strikin of the vnce of brynt siluer, or bulȝeon of that fynes, viij grottis
1461 Liber Plusc. 397.
Quhen a king … has … a barane land, Of mynnis of gold na boilȝon multitude
1509 Acts III. 279/2.
Forgeing of gold, silver and uther bulȝeon and layit money
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 235.
Vnderstandand that the haill borrowis of this realm ar hevely hurt be the compelling of thaim to bring hame bulȝeon furth of vther cuntreis
1579 Conv. Burghs I. 96.
Understanding Mongow Russellis comptes of the bulȝeon to lie sic eque
1594 Acts IV. 86/1.
The actis maid … anent the hamebringing of bulȝeone
1611 Lett. & State P. Jas. VI 204.
To dischairge the exacting of bulyen for ony tred wsed within ȝowr heichnes dominiounis
1641 Acts V. 352/2.
Many merchantes … will be put to great … chairges for a small mater of bullȝeon
(c) 1473 Acts II. 105/1.
Anentis the bringing in of bulȝoun within the realm
1489 Acts II. 221/1.
That the auditouris … tak compt of the inbringing of the said bulȝovne
1510 Crim. Trials I. 67.
Geif the merchandis bringis hayme bulȝeoun accordin to the actis of Parliament
1554 Treas. Acc. X. 264.
For hame bringing of bulȝeoun to the cuinȝe hous
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 235.
To obtene the discharge of the … hurtis done to the borrowis anent the bulȝeoun
1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 57.
That … thai … deliver to the cunȝe-hous certane unces of brint siluer for bulȝeoune
1568 Sat. P. xlvi. 40.
Scho kareis nocht bot men and wyne, And bulȝoun to the counȝe-hous
1575 Conv. Burghs I. 37.
The haill burrowis … vnder summondis for non payment of the boulȝeoun thir many ȝeris past
1581 Acts III. 216/1.
That bulȝeoun equiualent to the guidis transportit salbe delyverit … betuix and the nixt chekker thairefter following
1599 Reg. Privy C. VI. 28.
[A charge to all who are] addettit and awand thair bulȝeoun … to mak payment thereof
1631 Conv. Burghs III. 330.
That the whole bulȝeoun be ressauit [be] the maister of the coynȝiehous frome the merchandis … and that in forraine coyne
1641 Acts V. 352/2.
Our soverayne lord … dischairges all payment of bulȝeoun before the hand
attrib. 1579 Conv. Burghs I. 92.
The comptar chargis him with the haill extentt of the boulȝeoun syluer
1580 Id. 114.
To pay the auditouris of the bulȝeoun comptis the sowme of ane hundreth pundis

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