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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Byrun, p.p. and ppl. a. Also: birun, -rwn; byrune, -rvn(e, -runn(e, -rwn, -rwyn, -rown, -rovn(e, -roun(e, -rone; byerun, -rovn. [By adv. 2 b. Cf. Byrunnyn.]

1. Of time: Past, expired. a. In predicative use. 1473 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 27.
He sall not take ane wther prenteis quhill the wther prenteis termis be by-run
1482 Ib. 41.
To be payit … alway as the space of fourtie days beis byrun
1531 Bell. Boece I. 241.
The day byrunne, all Scottis war exilit
1533 Boece vi. xv. 217.
Eftir the day to the proscripcioun appoyntit was birvn
Ib. ix. iv. 295.
Nocht mony ȝeris ar birwn sen Britouns … be ȝow war ouresett
1532 Stirlings of Keir 347.
Quhil the said nyntene ȝeris be fullely … completit and byrwyn

b. Following a noun denoting time or payment. 1470 Liber Aberbr. 162.
Al anwal rentis of yeris and termis birun
1490 Lanark B. Rec. 6.
The court … fand the grund … strenyeable for the said anwell by run
1578 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 120.
The hail fermis and dewtyes of the saidis yairdis and tenement byroun
1581 Ib. 137.
All yeris byrwn

2. In attrib. use, of payments: Pertaining to, due for, past time. 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 261/2.
Movable gudis … strenȝeable for the said byrun males
1516 Misc. Spald. C. V. 396.
For the byrown mailis, … the partyis sal be as dempt men one Alhallowewin
1531 Reg. Privy S. II. 93/1.
The landis … , togiddir with the birun malis, proffittis and dewiteis tharof
1546 Reg. Cupar A. II. 228.
Componit with Johan Mwre for his by rwn cane fowlis
1552 Treas. Acc. X. 130.
In compleit payment of all by runn wages awand to hym
1556 Stirling B. Rec. I. 69.
Reservand to the said Sir James … the by run proffittis for the dayis of his lyf
1570 Reg. Morton I. 54.
We will talk ordour … for the byrun expenssis
c 1575 Waus Corr. I. 104.
The byerovn duetie thairof
Ane decreit aganis me … tueching certane byrovn teyndis
1576 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 34 b.
For byrvne siluer auchten to the said college
1579 Edinb. Test. VII. 176.
The byroun annuell of Leith wynd heid quhilk extendis to xix merkis
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Arreragium.
The by-run annuel, mails, fermes, profites, or dewties of onie tenement
1606 Crim. Trials III. 366.
Efter I had … compleitlie payit all byrun maillis addebtit by me to ȝour Ma[jes]teis Comptroller
1626 Urie Baron Ct. 61.
The tennentis … being calit for payment of byrun dewties
1659 Forbes Baron Ct. 224.
To pay … thair haill resting byrune dewteis … conforme to thair futeit comptis
1692 Misc. Burgh Rec. Soc. 139.
For byrunn cesses occationed by the insuperable poverty of the place

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