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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Erne, n.2 Also: ern, earin(g. [Var. of Airn n. and Irn n.] a. Iron. b. An iron fetter, clamp, etc. c. attrib. Made of iron.a. 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 249.
For beryng of twa wall of erne to the bryg of Glasgwe
Ib. 250.
To Rob Lachtane for breken of erne
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 129.
Ane riddil, … ane heckle of erne
1653–4 Peebles B. Rec. II. 195.
Ane stane of erne
b. 1551 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 157.
That na mettaris of meill mak ony metting thairof … vnder the pane of putting in the ernis at the croce for xij houris
1646 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 196 b.
For the mill earins and the rest off the holl earing to the pans
1668 Pr. Inchmahome 170.
The session has ordained to give ane half-mark to the smith for ane ern
c. 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 250.
The expensis … for the macken of the erne grathe of the barge
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 319.
Ipothecar … In his buith … ane quhite erne bottell
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 128.
Ane chymnay with the rakis, … ane erne cruik
Ib. 129.
Ane riddil; ane erne graip
1598 Edinb. Test. XXXI. 334.
I leif to Katherene Park … ane erne pot

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