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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gild brother, n. Also: gyld(e, gyll, gil, and brothir, broder, bruther; pl. brether, -ir, breder, -ir, breither, breithrein(e. [ME. pl. gylde bretheren (1382).] A member of a guild.sing. a1500 Henr. Fab. 172.
The vther mous … Wes gild brother, and maid ane fre burges
1545 Elgin Rec. I. 82.
Ane honest, substantious gentleman … and gyll brother off the said brugh
1556 Inverness B. Rec. I. 3.
Patre Skynner is mad fre burges and gilbroder of this bruch
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 584.
Provyding that the said Johnne Lindesay … renunce his craft and be admittit gild bruther
1574 Conv. Burghs I. 33.
That nane be ressauit in gyld brothir bot sic as hes beine … prenteissis … to ane fre merchand
1604 Stirling B. Rec. II. 383.
Quhatsomevir gild brother wretis cartallis to uther … sall … tyne his fredome
1622 Fergusson A. Hume 221.
They assigne to him the first vaiking gilbrotheris fyne that sall occur to thame
1642 Stirling Merch. Guild 58.
Quhatsumevir gildbrother or gildbrothers wyfe … buys anie butter [etc.]
attrib. 1657 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 385.
That the said Johne Bar sould produce his burges and gildbrother ticket
pl. 1431 Coll. Ayr & Wigton I. 228.
That na gyld breder sal … sell na fres hydis
1497 Dunferm. B. Rec. 77.
Thir persones … chosyn … till lay the vnlays as for the commonys rytht part of the best of the gilbredir
1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 181.
Desyring ane ordour to be put amangis the merchandis fraternite and gild brethir of this burgh
1547 Ib. II. 127.
That nane suld vent wyne within this burgh except gild brethir
1599 Crim. Trials II. 91.
Dauid Watsoun, deane of gild of the said citie, and his gild breder
1622-6 Bisset I. 67.
Nixt followes the statutis of gyld brether
1658 Lanark B. Rec. 168.
Seing thair is divers persons burgessis within this burgh qwho hes slichtit and rejectit the manifold offers maid to them of being gild breither
1690 Ib. 235.
Tradesmen who are or were burgesses and gild brethreine within this burgh

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