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Grassum, -(o)ume, -ome, n. Also: grasum. [Var. of Garsum. Cf. Gressum.]

1. = Gersum n.(a) 1473 Stirlings of Keir 241.
Ale other do seruis, … with courtis, plantis, ischais of courtis, grassumis, herȝeldis [etc.]
c 1500 Rep. Hist. MSS. Var. Coll. V. 84.
Ye have set the quarter of your landis … to oure lovite … servitour, … and has tane his grasum tharefore
1539 Reg. Privy S. II. 470/2.
With all malis, fermis, grassumes, proffittis [etc.]
1550 Black Bk. Taymouth 410.
The whole grassum of the said lands … amounting every five years in his rental to viii uviaid ky
1637–8 Misc. Spald. C. V. 151.
Depurst to Mr Iohn Lundie, commoun procuratour of the Kinges college, … in grassum, for ane new tack of the teynd of the saidis landis
1640 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 202.
Consideratioune most be had, quhat grassumes are payed at the entrie
1696 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 440.
Due by the Laird of Bedlay his grassum of his tack of some lands
(b) 1503 Acts II. 244/2.
So that it be nocht in diminitione of his rentale, grassoumes, nor all vther dewitez
1539 Ex. Processes (Reg. H.) X.
His blanche landis … extending … ilk iij ȝeris to lxxxli … of grassovme
1643 Misc. Spald. C. III. 146.
All custoumes, grassoumes, service silver, and all uther commodities quhairby profitt aryseth, sall be given up as rent for this instant crope
(c) 1613 Haddington Corr. 78.
That the fewares may … pay of grassome or entrie, … the lyke sowme
1625 Orkney & Zetl. Test. I. 147 b.
The said … war restand awand … in grassomes iij lib. iiij s.

b. Attrib. with book, mart, siluer. 1591 Misc. Spald. C. III. 157.
The few grassum siluer resauit be thame for [lands set] furth in few ferme
1617 Reg. Great S. 590/2.
5 sol. pro ½ lie grassum mart
1627 Orkney Rentals iii. 84.
As concerning the rowmes of the parochin, … takismen and tenentis paying, … as their rentalis and grassome bookis can beare

2. Treasure, money. a1500 Rauf C. 936.
Thy go[l]d nor thy grassum set I bot licht

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