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Fleschour, -eour, n. Also: flesh(e)our, -iour, flessour, fleichour, flaschour. [ME. fleshour, fleschour (1369). Cf. Fleschar, -er.] A butcher.(a) 1484 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 49.
That the fleschouris braik thair fische honestlie for thair fe
1499 Halyb. 245.
Wyllȝem Doncan, fleschour
1524 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 218.
The act maid to the said craft of fleschouris
1537 Reg. Privy S. II. 337/2.
Ane lettre … makand him principall maister fleschour to the quenis grace
1559 Cart. S. Giles p. cviii.
Rychart Hendersoun, dekyn of the fleschouris
1573 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 5.
The saidis fleschouris … did cutt … from euery carkache of beif … almaist half quarter of flesche
1612 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 332.
Quhen as the fleschouris byis ane blok of ky … amangst tham selfis
1656 Ib. II. 349.
That the haill fleschours … be put in ward quhill they act themselfis to sell thair haill tallow … according to the tounis statutis
fig. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 189/19.
The pepill had na litill indignacioun that this Marcius suld rise sa haistelie to be thare new fleschour and skurgeare
(b) 1527 Reg. Privy S. I. 553/1.
Ane respett … for the slauchter of … Johne Stevinson, flescheour
1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 113.
That na flescheouris slay ony lammis for the space of thre ȝeris
1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 384.
That na merchants … gif the flescheoures arllis or advance money
1637 Ann. Banff I. 81.
That the haill flescheouris … bring the carcatchis of thair beiffis and muttounes haill to the marcat place
1662 Peebles B. Rec. II. 51.
James Brotherstanes, … flesheour
(c) 1484 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 42.
Na catall sale haff pastour except the flessouris wederis
1550 Reg. Privy C. I. 107.
We command all flaschouris, that nane … sell ony moutoun bot of the prices forsaidis
c 1567 Liber Calchou 526.
Robert Dauidsoun the fleichour
(d) 1596 Paisley B. Rec. 180.
The saids fleshours are hevelie damnifiet
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 127.
Ilk fleshour quha selles flesh within the burgh
1663 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 15.
The fleshouris … does mak holles in the foirmost leg and therby workis in wind throw the whoill bouk

b. Attrib. with braig, craft, hous, knyf. 1508 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 116.
Kirkmaister of the flescheour craft
1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 239.
For ane flescheor knyf … xvj d.
1581 Edinb. Test. IX. 185.
Thrie dosane of flescheour braigis
1610 Ib. XLVI. 201.
Thrie auld choppin fleschour knyffis
1630 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 85.
That na maisters nor servandis tak upone hand to pas to anye buith or fleschour hous to buye anye grein skynnis

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