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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Fleschar(e, n. Also: flesh(e)ar, flyschar, flaschar(e. [f. Flesch n. Cf. Flescher, Fleschour.]

1. A dealer in flesh; a butcher.(a) 1434 Exch. R. IV. 585.
Per Johannem Fleschare
1515 Reg. Privy S. I. 395/1.
Ane lettre … makand hym master fleschare to the King
a1578 Pitsc. II. 222/10.
Quhilk woman was ane flescharis dochter
1605 Melrose R. Rec. I. 2.
Flescharis … that sellis … flesche on the Sabothe day
1657 St. A. Baxter Bks. 125.
Baxters, schoe makeris, and flescharis
(b) 1549 Compl. 129/3.
Varro … vas the sone of ane flaschar
1576 Brechin Test. I. 1 b.
Thomas Smytht flascher
1597 Melvill 429.
Ah! flashar tyke, whom all the land deteasts
(c) 1549 Ann. Banff I. 25.
Thir ar the flyscharis … quhilks sall pay for thair previleg to the commone gud

2. An executioner. 1549 Compl. 162/14.
He gart his flaschar lay ther craggis on ane stok and gart heyde them

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