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Harth, Hairth, n. Also: hartht, hairt, hearth, herth, hars. [e.m.E. and ME. harth(e, herth(e, OE. herð, heorð.] A hearth. 1502–3 Treas. Acc. II. 359.
The clay to the herthes for the furnes in the Beschop of Abirdenis innys
1513 Doug. viii. ix. 3.
The sloknyt fyris … , The rakyt harthis and ingill
1532 M. Works Acc. II. 43.
xij pece of lang werk for harthis
Ib. 44 b.
Lang stuf … for … harthis for chymnais
1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 472.
For cartt hyre of the hairthes
1583 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 185.
Ane burding of clay to mak ane hartht in the heicht of the stepill for melting of the leid
1591 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 46.
That the officers … braik doun thair hairthis … maid for doing of the samyn [work]
1596 Dalr. I. 95/13.
Frahand thay make breid … [and] bake it at the harth

b. Attrib. with stane, busom. 1563–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 472.
Four hairth stanis contenand xiiij futes of lenth
1611 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 335.
For beamfeling the house and laying some harthstones ther
1617 Ib. II. 67.
For hewing x hairtis stanes
1617 Ib. 76.
For uptaking a hairt stane
1629 Ib. 273.
For ... hewing of ane hars staine
1697 Househ. Bk. G. Baillie 168.
For a harth busom

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