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Fudder, Fuder, n.1 Also: fwdder, fudir, fudyr, fwdyr, fuidir. [Var. of Futher n., also in northern e.m.E. (1569). Cf. Fidder n.]

1. a. A cart-load (esp. of hay or peat). Freq. as pl.(a) 1456 Exch. R. VI. 164.
Onerat se … de j plaustrato feni, dicto j fudyr
Brus x. 198 (C).
In-to the mornyng Veill soyn ane fudyr [E. fother] he suld bring [of hay]
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 182.
Tha sal tak iijxx of fuderis of petis quhar thai oysit befor
1491 Acta Conc. 181/1.
Fourtj fuder of pettis of ane ȝere bipast; … the said fourtj fuderis of pettis
1526 Carnwath Barony Ct. 45.
The vrangus … haldin fra thaim of … iij fuderis of hay
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 183.
1 fwdyr of petis
(b) 1474 Acta Aud. 35/2.
Thre fudder of hay
1485 Acta Conc. * 107/2.
Fourskore of fudderis of hay
1591 Ib. III. 16.
With thre score of fudderis of turffis to thair fewale yeirlye
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvi. 62 (B).
Out of thair throttis thay schot on vdder Hett moltin gold, me thocht a fudder
1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 72.
Threttene fwdderis of petis ledyng
1599 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 199.
The quantite of sax fudder [of refuse] to be tane awaye gradually
1610 Reg. Great S. 99/2.
xl lie fudderis [of peat]

b. A definite quantity (about a ton) of lead. 1507 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 346.
For tene fuder of led resauit to Sanct Nicholes wark
1507 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 188.
Thomas vendidit … duodecim le fuderis de plumbo, quodlibet le fuder pro decem et octo libris monete Scocie

2. A number of persons. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 168 (B).
Scho hes maid me freindis ane fudder Off lawit [men] and leirit
Ib. 4179.
I knaw fals schiphirdis fifty fuder
(a1570-86 Dunb.) Maitl. F. cxxxvii. 13.
A commoun doar of transgressioun Off innocent folkis prevenis a fuidir

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