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Herbery, -erie, n. Also: herberé, -bar(r)ie. [North. ME. herbery, -ere, -er (a 1300). Returning to early ME. her(e)berȝe, OE. herebeorᵹ harbour, shelter, lodgings (f. here army and beorᵹ protection, shelter), ON. herbergi. Cf. Herbry n. The common later form is Harbery.]

1. Shelter, lodging, entertainment. 1375 Barb. xiv. 153.
Neir the toune he tuk [E. tuk his] herbery
a1500 Henr. Fab. 227 (Asl. 67).
Baith meit and drink, herbery and hous, ȝe sall it have
Ib. 262 (101).
In till ane innes thair herbery was tane
1490 Irland Mir. I. 114/6.
Thar was strangearis in the tovne, and mycht get na herbery, bot lay … neire the wallis
1541 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 50.
[William shall receive his brother] till hous and herbery, met and clayth
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5942.
Oftymes ȝe gaif me herberye
Ib. 5979.
Quhen … thé refusit [we] herbery?
1588 Crim. Trials I. 167.
Dilatit of the … furnesing of meitt, drink and herberie to Mr Robert Bruce
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii. 44.
[They] sall receaue passengers in herberie within their houses

2. A place of shelter or sojourn; a lodging- or dwelling-place; an encampment. 1375 Barb. vii. 308.
I com so neir thair herbery, That I can bryng ȝow quhar thai ly
Ib. xix. 755.
The Ynglis men saw the herbery Quhar Scottis men war wount to ly All woyd
14.. Acts I. 11/2.
That al maner of violence and wasting of herbery be stanchyt
1549 Compl. 135/15.
[It] hes gart mony of vs be hareyt furtht of house and herberye
attrib. c1450-2 Howlat 646.
Syne hufe, hover, and behald the herbery place

3. A shelter for ships; a harbour. 1606–7 Ayr Common Good (MS).
Ane pairt of the bulwark of the herbery of this burcht
1617 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 169.
For support to the herbarrie of Musselburgh
1632 Ib. VII. 116.
To the burgh of North Berwick for help to the reparatioun of thair herbarie
1676 Glasgow Chart. II. 188 n.
For building the breastwork and filling the herbery of Newport Glasgow

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