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Dosane, n. Also: dosan, dossan(e, dozane; dosand, dossand; dossin, doissin, -ene. [ME. dosayn(e, dosain, dosein, OF. dosaine, dozeine. Cf. Dusane.] A dozen.(a) 1474 Acta Aud. 31/1.
A grete dosane of pewder weschel
1482 Edinb. Chart. 168.
Of smallare geistis, iiij d of the dosane
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 25.
For dighting of xv dosane of mertrik skynnys to the Kingis gret goune
1505 Ib. III. 142.
For viij dosan of rauchteris to be coyis in the schip
1527 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 232.
The gaitt … to be dicht and clengeit … with a dosane of seruands
1555–6 Ib. II. 321.
For twa dozane pend [stones]
1578 Edinb. Test. VI. .
Ane half dosane of doubill catechiss bukis
1584 Ib. XIV. 106 b.
Ane dosane of bulgettis. … Item mair tua dosane of lokkis
1608 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 557.
Twa dosane of communion breid
1612 Edinb. Test. XLVII. 1 b.
Ane dosane of kodwairis and kodis
(b) 1543 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 189.
iij dossand of cumfeythis
1545 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 596.
Payand … vij dosand of pultrie
1558 Prot. Bk. G. Grote 34.
Ane dosand of blecheit lynnyng claytht
1573 Sat. P. xxxix. 105.
Continewand this [siege] ane dosand of dayis or mair
1581 Acts III. 216/2.
Euerie dosand of clayth [sall contene] twelf ellis allanerlie
(c) 1585 Edinb. Test. XV. 26 b.
Tua dossane of A.B.C. broddis
1597 Ib. XXX. 162.
Ten dossane of blak geit buttounes; … sax dossane meikill glas buttounes [etc.]
1643 Ib. LX. 236.
Twa dossane and nyn buffell sword beltis
1646 Baillie II. 411.
I have gotten but a dossan of sheets of my Anabaptisme from the presse
(d) c 1535 Liber Dryburgh 337.
v doissene powltre
1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 649/1.
To the kitching fywe dossin of powter plaittis
1599 Conv. Burghs II. 55.
Ilk doissin buirdis loissit, laidnit, or sauld at thair herbere, aucht peneis
1629 M. Works Acc. XXIV. 3.
Ane dossin small timber of aik to be scafalling

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