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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Drink-silver, -sylver, n. Also: -silvir, -sylvyr. [Drink n. 1 c.] A gratuity given to be spent in drink. (Very common in 16th c.) 1453 Misc. Spald. C. V. 49.
To drink syluyr, 1 s.
1467 Acts II. 87/1.
At na drinksiluer be tane be the maister nor his doaris vnder pain abone writtin
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 115.
Gevin the gunnaris to drinksiluer quhen thai cartit Mons
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 168.
The said William … has promittit that the said Robertis faderis skynnis salbe fre of all maner of drink siluer enduring … twa yeris
1544–5 Treas. Acc. VIII. 341.
To Iames Wedderburn and Richart Turnbull, gunnaris … for thair byroun wagis and drinksylver
1575 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 657/2.
To the bowaris boyis and the smyths boyis in drinksiluer
1620 Grant Chart. 323.
To the servand las of drink siluer
1632–3 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 504.
To Patrik Colquhouns men, in drink silver for cumsylling of the tolbuith

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