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Colpindach, -doch, n. Also: colpyndouch, colpnoch(e; copindach, capindocht. [Obscurely related to Gael. colpach a cow-calf, heifer. See also Cowpendoch.] A young cow, a heifer; a young ox. ? a 1040 Acts I. 347/2.
Amerciamentum coram Iusticiario citra mare Scocie octo vacce. Et coronatori vnum colpindach
c 1230 Ib. 72/1.
Eius plegii respondebunt domino Regi de ix vaccis et uno colpindoch
Ib. 72/2.
Gif he that is chalangyt falȝhe in batale, the borowis of him sal ansuer til the king of ix ky and a colpyndouch
Ib. 8/1.
Gif he slais him wyth his neff, he sal geyff to the kyng xxix ky and a colpindach [L. iuvencam]
c 1450 Reg. Newbotle 242.]
[Summa colpindarum xiiic lxxvi. Summa stircorum xjc xxv.
c1575 Balfour Pract. 18.
The amerciament … sall not exceid the soume of xvi s. and the clerk's fee ij s. and ane colpindach
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v.
Colpindach, ane ȝoung beast or kow, of the age of an or twa ȝeires, quhilk now is called an cowdach or quoyach
1598 Dunblane Test. III. 3.
Tua newcald ky … ane colpnoch stott
1604 Ib. 84.
Four colpnoche ȝoung cattell, pryce of the peice ourhead xl s.
(b) 1455 Exch. R. VI. 103.
Cum viij bobus, ij vaccis et iij copindachis [= infra octo boves, duas vaccas et tres juvencas]
14.. Acts I. 346/2.
To the crowneris for thair feis for ilk man vnlawit or sald a copindach or xxx. d.
1568 Edinb. Test. I. 152.
Nyne capindocht stottis & quyes

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