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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Grund-leif(f, n. Also: -leve, -lewe, -lieve, -live. Pl. -leives, -leis. [Var. of Ground-leif.]

1. Leave given to vessels, esp. in ports, to make use of ground on shore; the duty payable for this. 1610 Conv. Burghs II. 300.
Ane sufficient securitie to be maid be him to the burrowis for pecebell fisching in the Lewis, vpon sick eisie dewteis for grundlieve and woodlieve as they can agrie
1612 Ib. 354.
The mater of … grundleives to the fischears
1619 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 182.
Compleit payment of the outred of the half fraucht, net sylver, and grund leif
1630 Reg. Great S. 528/2.
Portum de Innerweik … cum minutis custumis … lie schoresilver, dock-maill, grundlive, etc.
1638 Ib. 293/1.
Cum … lie docksilver et grundleive ceterisque devoriis dicti portus

2. Payment for permission to occupy a piece of ground. 1576 Orkney Oppress. 63.
Gif the Duchemen lay upon ony grund, and held buyth thairon, the man that aucht the grund … was wount to get for the grundleiff ane barrell of beir
1594 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I. 218.
Ilk greit ling boitt ... sall pay ... for thair grund leve abone the flude mark ... ane dossane of keilling

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