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Hardin, n. and a. Also: hardine, -yne, -ing, -en; herdin, -ein, hairdin. [North. and midl. e.m.E. and ME. harden (1495), herden, -yng (c 1430), midl. and western e.m.E. hurden, f. hard- stem of herd-, Hardis n. A contracted form is Harn.]

1. n. A coarse fabric or yarn made from hards.(a) 1484 Acta Conc. *90/1.
Four elne of hardin ij s.
1510 Rentale. Dunheld. 90.
In … pannulo caligarum lie hardin
1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 102.
For … hardyn to pak the said claithis in
1544 Edinb. Hammermen 164.
For ij ellis of hardyne to lay vnder the alter towellis xiiij d.
1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 117.
xvij elne of tweill hardin to be ane croce of ane saill
1568 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 5.
Tua elnis hardin to dicht the daskis
1608 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 102.
xj pokis of onbleitschit hardin
1633 Edinb. Test. LVI. 200.
Sevin scoir fyve ellis of Dudingstoun round hardin
c1650 Spalding I. 288.
3000 elnis of hardin to be his soldiouris … sarkis
Ib. 320.
9000 elnis of canvessing and hardin to be tentis and pavilionis
(b) 1568 Edinb. Test. 196.
vi elnis … of blescheit harden
1618 M. Works Acc. XV. 66 b.
xj eln half of harden to be flotting to sewin sadellis
1659 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 258.
[30 ells] of harden round and small
(c) 1593 Glasgow Weavers 47.
Throw diversitie of price for wirking of herdein
Workeris of herdin work
For ilk ell of herdin wirking
1618 Edinb. Test. L. 151.
Sex spyndill lynning hairdin

2. adj. Of cloth or yarn: Made of hards, harden. Of garments, etc.; Made of harden cloth.(1) 1524 Carnwath Baron Ct. 23.
iij ellis of gret hardin lenyng
1556 Prot. Bk. G. Grote 12.
15 ellis of herdine claytht
1608 Hilderstoun Sitver Mines I. 56 b.
Hardin claith to mak coveris over the men in the drift
1613 Stirling Merchant Guild 33.
[The craftsmen] cravand libertie to … tredd with … lynning, harden plaiding, [etc.]
1640 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 225.
Thrie thowsand elnes of hardin tyiking or saill canves for making thair tentis
1647 Edinb. Test. LXIII. 55 b.
Fyve peices of hardine girthing
(2) 1549 Compl. 96/28.
That na Scottis man suld veir ony clais bot hardyn cotis
1577 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 60.
Ane hardin aperoun
1583 St. A. Test. II. 8 b.
Twa pair of harding schetis
Ib. 35 b. 1585 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 428.
To gif to Blynd Jame … a hardin sark
1598 Black Bk. Taymouth 325.
Hardin tueillit towallis
1611 Conv. Burghs II. 327.
The fyscher hoits to be ballastet with sand to he putt in hardin polks
1688 Soc. Ant. II. 456.
An harden bagg, nere full of beeds
(3) 1612 Dunblane Test. III. 188 b.
Thrie spyndils … of hardine ȝearne
1616 Glasgow Weavers 54.
The complaint … agains James Gray for spilling … of ane small linning wob, in casting round hardin yearine in the midis thairof
1678 Corshill Baron Ct. 146.
Ane spanill of linine washen yarne and three heir of hardine yarne knitt about it

b. Hardin tedder, a rope made of hards or tow. Also harn tedder, Harn 1 b. a1578 Pitsc. I. 175/32.
For dispyt they tuik ane hardin [v.r. hairen] tedder and hangit him ower the brige of Lawder

c. Hardin weik (wick), = Hard weik. 1583 Edinb. Test. XIII. 108 h.
Sex stane of hardin weikis

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