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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Crame, Craim, n. Also: cramme, craym, cream(e, creme. [MDu. kraem(e, MLG. krâm(e, Du. and LG. kraam.]

1. A stall or stand for the sale of goods.(a) 1456 Acts II. 47/1.
Of gret stallis of merchandice … or coueryt cramys that occupyis the faris
1477 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 35.
The cramys of chepmen to be set fra the belhous doun to the Trone
1483 Ib. 48.
Thair sall [be] na oppin mercat … vpoun the hie streittis, nor in crammis vpoun buirdes
1529 Ib. II. 7.
That na maner of parsone … hald ony maner of burdis or cramis to sell syklike stuf apone the hie gait
1558 Ib. III. 26.
It sall nocht be lesum to na outland men … to sell thair bonettis … vpoun crames vtouth buthis, bot vpon merkat dayis
1575 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 41.
It is statute … that all crames witht wollin clayth stand abone the croce
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 78.
In thair crame four stane of feggis
1605 Ib. XL. 227.
The guidis & geir following in Henry Fergusouns tua crames
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 13.
Finding the inconveniencie … [of] ane mid-raw of merchant crames upon the hea streit
(b) 1646 Edinb. Test. LXII. 275.
In ane craime certane small wairs sick as preins, neidles [etc.]
1652 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 229.
The craimes at the crose and lining claith sold thair
1659 Ib. 433.
To keep thair craimes … be wast where the cordoners stands
1692 Acts Sederunt 8.
If they make any merchandise privily in a shop, or craim
(c) 1675 Lauder Journal 278.
On accounts in the creams [paid] to John Nasmith … above 20 lb. Scots

2. A portable case of goods. 1560 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. XXIV (J).
Desyring support … to help him to ane craym, that he may trawell to win his lifing in the cuntray
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Pede.
Ane pedder … quha beirs ane pack, or creame, vpon his bak

3. Attrib. with wair (ware). 1590 Edinb. Test. XXII. 257 b.
Of crame wairis. … ane grene buist price ij s. [etc.]
1701 Brand Zetland 131 (J).
Hamburghers … who come here … and … set up booths or shops, where they sell … several sorts of creme-ware, as linen, muslin, etc.

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