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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hame-bringin(g, vbl. n. Also: ham-, haym(e)-, heam-, hem-, and bringyne, bryngin(g; home-bringing. [Hame adv. 2.]In common use throughout the 16th century.

1. The action of bringing home, fetching, from a distance, or from abroad; importation.(1) 1474 Acts II. 106/2.
That the custummaris sall … tak souerte … of ilk a mercande for the hame bringyne of bulȝeon
1488 Acta Conc. 96/2.
The soume of foureti li … for the hamebringing of dene Johne Trumbulis bullis
1567 Digest Justiciary Proc. F. 20.
Thomas Lyttill delaitit of hamebringing of … counterfuttit hardheidis to greit quantitie
1578 Conv. Burghs I. 76.
That na stop … be maid to sic personis … as passis to Noroway … for hamebringing of tymmer
1589 Treas. Acc. MS. 170 b.
For hame bringing of a camiell fra Ingland to his maiestie
1604 Ib. VI. 307.
For hamebringing of Flemyngs and utheris for making of braid claithe
1623 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 206.
Thair is letters alredie come to the towne to summond our nichtbors for hamebringing of foran soap
(2) 1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 500.
Thai returnit fra the woddis, and gevin for hamebringing of thair warlkumes
1556 Liber Calchou 479.
For the hame bringing of the fewale to the pensioneris
1576 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 29.
Scho had gane afeild with hir housband to Leith for hame bringing of meill
1597 Grant Chart. 189.
[He] sall do his exact dilligence to the heam bringing … of sick guidis, … that sall hap[pin] to be teane away
1660 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 316.
For … houkeing and home bringing of comone brome

2. The action of conducting or escorting (a new queen) from abroad. 1493 Acts II. 234/1.
The thre estatis hes grantit … to give ane thousand pund for the honorabill hamebringing of a quene
1534–5 Ayr B. Acc. 72.
To fill furth the stent with to the Quenys hayme bringing
1572-5 Diurn. Occur. 160.
Anents the hambringing of the quenis majestie furth of Ingland
1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 8.
Twenty men … to pas … to Norway … for the hame bringing of the Queyne
c1650 Spalding II. 84.
Ane debt awand be vmquhill King James … for hame bringing of Quein Ann out of Denmark

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