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Fidder, n. Also: fydder, fyddir, fedder. [Var. of Fudder n.]

1. A cart-load (of peats, turf, or hay). 1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 182.
xvj fyddir and ane half of turfys
Ib. 188.
[252] fedderis of casting and wyning of petis
1550 Reg. Great S. 103/1.
200 lie fidderis glebarum et cespitum, pretium lie fidder 3 sol.
c 1567 Liber Calchou 530.
In garsume, ane fidder of turris
1588 Exch. R. XXI. 371.
Hay, 1 fidder quarter fidder
1673 Melrose R. Rec. II. 333.
Six fedders of turves
transf. a 1563 Bann. MS. 138 a/51.
I haif … fyve fidder of raggis to stufff ane jak

2. A certain weight of lead, reckoned at 128 stone. 1540–1 Treas. Acc. VII. 421.
For twa fidder laid … to be ballast at the Kingis passage to the Ilis
1542 Acts & Decr. MS. I. 152.
vj fidderis of leid, ilk fidder contenand vj scoir vj stane or tharby
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Serplaith.
The fidder of lead, conteinis neereby, sexscore and aucht stane

3. A number or company of persons. 1540 Lynd. Sat. Proc. 100.
I pray God nor the feind ressaif the fidder [: togidder]
Ib. 185.
Of wyfes fyftein fidder
1567 Sat. P. vi. 52.
King, Quene, and Lord, thay pas into ane fidder [: slidder]
1573 Ib. xxxix. 20.
Than fair weil thay; the find ressaue the fidder!
1590 Burel Pilgr. ii. 29.
This fidder togidder Unto the wood ar went

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