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Dames, Dammes, n. Also: dam(e)is, -ese, -est, -ews; dammesse. [Common variant of Damas.]

1. Damask.(a) 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. i. 413.
Veluot robbis, … Dames, satyne, begaryit mony wise
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 306.
For xvj elne quhit dames flourit with gold
1506 Ib. III. 252.
For iij quartaris grene dames to breke the hale scarlet hos
1547 Stirling Antiq. IV. 217.
Ane gown of dames begairist with velvat
1556–7 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 71.
The greit stand of dames of the hie alter
1562 Inv. Q. Mary 161.
Twa auld caippis of blew dames
a1578 Pitsc. I. 368/6.
Claith of gould, welwete, sataine and dameis
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 115.
Cotis of veluous, damest, or satene
1618 Edinb. Test. L. 164.
Tuentie aucht elnis … counterfute cullorit damews at tuentie schillingis the elne
1645 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 43.
A stand of doubill neprie of dornick and dameis
1676 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 231.
Ane bed, to be of dameis, … or ells of cramasie velueit
(b) c 1450 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 195.
Item of red dammes, 1 stand
1489 Acta Conc. 106/2.
A collare of dammes, price ij merkis
1525 Misc. Bann. C. III. 108.
My blak govne of dammes wyth siluer bouttouneis
1538 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 89.
Dowbletts of veloutt, satyne, dammes, or silk
1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 424.
Send to be hir grace ane kirtill ix elnis … quhyte dammes of the grete flour
1585 9th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 193/1.
Ane da of reid dammes frenȝeit with gold

2. Attrib. with bed, boordcloth, curtin, gold, goun, peticot. (Cf. Damas 2.) 1507 Treas. Acc. III. 257.
Tua unce dames gold to the Quene
1592 Edinb. Test. XXIV. 216.
I leif to the said lady Cromartie my dameis blak goun
1633 Stirlings of Keir 448.
Ane greine dames bad
1635 Haddington Corr. II. 299.
Ane long grein dames cushioun
1640 Black Bk. Taymouth 350.
Of dames boordcloathes, and of dornik servitts
1649 Wemyss Chart. 231.
My uilderas satin goun, and my dameis peitikott
1684 Misc. Bann. C. III. 341.
To custom of the damis curtins, vallans, and gold fringes

3. Dames water, damask-rose water. Dames plowm, a damson. 1536 Treas. Acc. VIII. 157.
Item, for dammes vatterris j croun [of the] sone
1568 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 187.
Ȝe sall caus him send me all the dry dames plowmis that he hes

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