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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hede-, Heidrowm(e, n. Also: hedrome; hede rovm; heid roume, heidrovme, -rome, -roim, -roome; headrowme, -roum(e. [Hede n.1 7; Rowm n.] The higher or outer part of a croft: that side of the croft which lay on the boundary of the burghlands or the estate; the marginal or boundary land. 14.. Acts I. p. xxvii.
All kynd of monthis ... Within Scotland hes mercheis thre, Heidrowm, watter and monthis bord
Thorterand burne in monthis hie Sall stop na heidrowm thocht thai be
1462 Peebles B. Rec. I. 147.
At ilke man haf his dykkis mad … sowfychand bath for front and hede rowm, and sydwawdyk
1472 Ib. 168.
Thai sal … vphald the dykyng of the sayd hill … sawuand hedromys of croftis
1472 Edinb. Chart. 135.
We charge al personis having tenementis or landis wythin the … burgh that thai strenth and fortify thair hede rowmys
1557 Peebles B. Rec. I. 241.
To caus masonis [big] all … heid rowmes about the tovne … on thair expensis that hes heid rowmes within thair awne boundis
1590 Lanark B. Rec. 98.
To sycht the tounes landis, balkis, heid roumes and landis within the tounes landis
1606 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 24.
The half lands heidrome … is ane parte and pertinent of the husband lands roume pertening to him
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 15.
To goe to the Eister Commoun daylie … and sie the yeild nolt … keept to the heid rowmes and merches apon the hest of the commonnes
1674 Lanark B. Rec. 195.
That all persons … keep the calsay frie of any watter comeing doun at everie ane of ther heid roumes
1706 Ib. 273.
Ane middenstead on his oun headroum

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