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Hallowmes, n. Also: hal(l)omes, hallawmes, hallowmisse, halames, halliemess[ME. halumes, halwemesse (1389), shortened from alhalwe messe, Alhallowmes n.] Hallowmass; the first of November. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 459.
At the Hallomes nixt folowing, the Admirall departit
1549 Prot. Bk. J. Crawford 46.
Geif he payis nocht the hyndmest payment … at hallowmes
1578 Acts III. 104/2.
The hervest oftymes continewis … quhill halomes and thairefter in sum heland and cauld grundis
1591 4th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 539/1.
Mr. Dauid Blyth is couenit and feit schuill master … , his entrie being at Hallowmes next
1617 Montgomery Mem. 279.
For foddering sex ȝoung gudis of my lordis fra Hallowmes … to Beltane
1643 Dumfries Treas. Acc. MS. 9.
For his halames quarter wege
1661 Acts VII. 226/2.
The forsaids tuo frie fairs … , the ane thairof called St Peters day & the other called Hallowmes or Saints day
1686 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II. 241 (26 Aug.).
[Payable at] Halliemess [1686]

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