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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Burne-ledar, n. Also: -ledder, -lader. [Burn n. 2.] A water-carrier. 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 519.
To the burneledaris of Edinburgh that furneist ij cartis
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 166.
[It is forbidden] that ony burne ledar within this burgh or vtowth tak or draw ony watter at draw wellis or vtheris within this burch in tyme to cum
1590 St. A. Kirk S. 687.
Ihone Cristie, Dauid Gulen … [etc.] … burne ledderis … ar accusit for breking of the Sabboth
1598 Ib. 858.
Thomas Oliphant, burnlader

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