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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Futher, Futhir, n. Also: futhyr, fouther, fither, -ir. [ME. fothir, fother, OE. fóður, fóðer. Cf. Fudder n. and Fidder n.]

1. A cart-load (of peats, turf, or hay). 1400 Misc. Spald. C. V. 15.
Iniuste ab eo duxit sex futhris petarum. Alexander … concessit abductionem unius futhir
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 187.
Tha sal cast … the sext pairt of xx scoris of futheris of petis
Ib. 188.
Tha sal lede … xiiijxx of futhyris of turvys and petis
1478 Acta Aud. 82/1.
[They shall pay for] xx futhir haye x markis

2. A certain weight of lead. 1474 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 331/2.
Thre futhir of lede, ilke futhir contenand sex score of stanys

3. A number or company of persons.(a) c1500-c1512 Dunb. xiii. 13.
Ane commoun doar of transgressioun Of innocent folkis prevenis a futher
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 1154.
The feind resave the fouther
15.. Christis Kirk 200 (M).
Dic with ane ax Come furth to fell ane futher
1540 Lynd. Sat. 168.
Of fatheris sho maid me ane futher
Ib. 943. 1581 Sat. P. xliv. 165.
I can not mark tua meater of the futher
(b) 1540 Lynd. Sat. 673.
Of sic freindship I had ane fither
1603 Philotus iv.
Quha brocht thir kittocks hither? The mekill feind resaue the fithir

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