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Gardin, Garding, n. Also: gardine, -yn(e, -yng; gairdin(e, -ing; gardene, gairdene, -ein(e, -en. [ME. gardyn (13 … ), gardin, ONF. gardin (F. jardin), med. L. gardinum.]

1. A garden. Also fig.(a) 1456 Hay II. 163/21.
A faire and gude gardyn quhare thare is grete quantitee of fruyte treis
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 364.
To the monk that castis the gardin
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. Prol. 8.
A gardyne of plesance, With sol depaint as paradise amiabill
1533 Gau 3/8.
Hortulus anime … , that is, the gardine of the saul
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1013.
Into my gardine grene To heir thir mirrie birdis sang
a1568 Scott v. 15.
In May gois gentill wemen … In gardynnis grene
1584 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 192.
This was don in the said Dauid Ormeis gardin
(b) a1586 Maitland Gen. Seton 30.
He biggit … Wintoun with the ȝaird and gairdin
1596 Dalr. I. 110/12.
Men … quha wattired the knottis and gairdins of Scotland … with the fountanes of thair ingines
1614 Melrose P. 147.
Muscaters plantit aboute the dyks of the gairdine
1640 Aberd. Univ. Rec. 533.
The colledge, … professours houses, and gairdin therin
(c) c1475 Wall. ix. 305.
To meyt [Wallace] … he waytit apon cace In a gardyng
a1500 Bk. Chess 1367.
Thir wyld wyne treis … [he] Brocht to his garding and he set thaim thare
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 81.
For thornis to the heggis of the new garding
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 210.
The said Georde sall laubour and graith in all sortis our garding
1554 Duncan Laideus Test. 170.
Fair weill, Glenalmound, garding of plesance
(d) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 87.
In ane gairding traist scho till him maid To mete hir airly in ane May morning In that gairding
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlviii. 44.
This quene, … enterit in a lusy gairding gent
1596 Dalr. I. 44/14.
Delectable in fair forrestis, … orchardes and fruitful gairdings
1606 Misc. Spald. C. II. 220.
The keiping off the keyis off … the gairding of the vtter bar
(e) a1585 Maitl. Q. xl. 66.
Ȝe ar as in ane gairdein fair Ane lillie of delyte
1587 Melrose R. Rec. III. 332.
The chalmer and the gairdene … liand within the mantill wall of Melrose
1621 Maxwell Mem. I. 333.
To the gairnaris mau for sum chirreis he gaif ȝour mastership in Danmark hous gairdein
1656 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 498.
Four great iron batis to the two rolleris to the gareine

2. Attrib. with chalmer, dyke, herb, hous, hurl-barrow, line, sheirs, stane, ȝarde, ȝet. 1535 M. Works Acc. IV. 80.
The theiking of the lytill garding chalmer
Ib. 87.
For beting of certane of the vter garding dykis
1582 Glasgow Prot. VIII. 81.
To the downmest hege quhair the garding stane standis
1596 Dalr. I. 17/11.
It is … abundant in gairdine herbis
1600 Crim. Trials II. 198.
At the ringing of the bell he … past to the garding ȝearde
1628 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 371.
For sex knopis to the gairden ȝettis [at Falkland]
1657 Balfour Annals IV. 82.
His Maiestie went to the gardin housse one the riuer
1663 Forbes Baron Ct. 243.
Who ar found loping the garding dyckes or orchardes … sall pey fyw pound
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 368.
A pair of gairdein sheirs … A gairden lyne … A gairdin hurle barrow

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