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Buriall, Buriel(l, n. Also: burial(e, bwriall, bur(e)yall, bwr-, bureall; bourial, beurial, buiriall; burriall, -eal; buirral, burral; buryel, bwriel, burel, burrell. [ME. buryall, buryel(l, replacing earlier buryels, -iels, OE. byrᵹels. See also Beriall n.2 and Beris n.]

1. A burying-place; a grave or tomb.(a) 1568 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 5.
Ane lok to the bwriall at the blak freris
1576 Edinb. Test. IV. 370 b.
His body to be bureit … within the buriall of Eglisgrig
1578 Ib. VI. 110.
Hir body to be bureit in the commoun burrall
1580 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 174.
That the calsay and hie wynd leiding to the Grayfreiris port is fillit vp with the red of euery manis bigging, … speciall fornent the buriall
1585 Dundee B. Laws 520.
The brabenairis … being convenit within the holff and comowne burriall [of Dundee]
1605 Edinb. Test. XL. 280 b.
I promisit to the laird of Grange … to big ane buriall in Monifeith … xx merkis
1622-6 Bisset II. 163/19.
Dunstaffaige wes thair buryall of befoir
1657 Balfour Ann. IV. 352.
He … was interrid in his auen buriall, in the ile of Dalkeith churche
(b) 1611 Reg. Panmure I. xcv.
It wes thought to heawe beine Cames the cheif mans bwriel
Ib. cxlvi.
Nether is thear any appeirance in that part of grawes or any bwriel

2. An interment or funeral.(a) 1560 Rolland Seven S. 239/7.
The buriall with greit solempnitie Was maid and done
1599 St. A. Kirk S. 883 marg.
Almous dealing at buriallis dischargeit
16.. Hist. Kennedy 21.
Me Lord and his heill freindis was … at the bureyall of Iohne Chalmeris wyff
1616 Haddington Corr. 131.
The bwreall of my lady and sister being on the samin day
1637 Stirling B. Rec. II. 389.
The disobedience of the breithren that ar wairnit to ryd to burialls with the magistrats
c 1650 Rep. Hist. MSS. I. 255.
Ane nott of the charges deburst on the … burriall of umquhile Agnas Stannapes
1666 Elgin Rec. II. 305.
No preaching be reasone of my Lord Duffus ladies buirrall
1668 Ib. 306.
The rest of his nightbors to be rebuiked for not contenancing his buiriall
1681 Irvine Mun. II. 102.
The Provist … went to Killburny and his Ladies burriall both one that daij
(b) 1569-73 Bann. Memor. 16.
The Lordis concluded the buriel to be vpoun Thuirsday the fourt of Februar
1603 Moysie 23.
A great number of freindis wes conuenit to the buriell
1614 Rec. Earld. Orkney 381.
To the belman for ringing belis to the gudmanis buryell
1642 Kinghorn Kirk-S. 41.
Finding it allwayes inexpedient that anie buriell should be there

3. Attrib. with clathe, day, dure, dyke, lair, man, roum, silver, stane, ȝarde. 1569 Soc. Ant. VI. 52.
Blak stemmyng to be ane buriall cleyth vpoun my Lordis beir
c 1578 Maxwell Mem. I. 313.
The lard of Pollok defunctis buriall day
1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 191.
Ane hingand lok to the bak of the buriall dur
1565–6 Ib. 234.
The greit hole in the buriall dyke
1606 Birnie Kirk-b. viii. 13.
We shall be blessed with the bed-fellowship of Iesus in our buriall lare
1585 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 443.
Commissioun … to speik the foure burialmen … and agrie for thair wedges
1623 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 465.
That the licience … sall not infer … any propertie or kyndnes of burreal roume in the saidis plaicis
1608 Edinb. Test. XLIV. 161 b.
To pay the said Iohnne Smallis buriall siluer
1626 Elgin Rec. II. 194.
Four poundis of the buriall silver
1647 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 78.
The said buriall siluer to be payit to the … maister of kirkwark
1620 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 437.
To … tak away aney buriall stane aff any graive
1568 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 6.
For playning & couering the buriall ȝaird quhair the boche folk war bureit
1581 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 218.
Ane young trey in the buriale yarde plantit be the town
1600 Ib. V. 295.
The roume and plaice in the buriall yaird quhair sumtyme wes situat the Grayfreiris

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