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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hermanstein, -stem, n. [Var. of Hirdmanstein n. Cf. Harmanstein.] The January sheriff-court of Orkney. The two quots. given are merely alternative readings of the same original: in view of the etym. the reading -stem (and so also for Harmanstein(e, Hirdmanstein) seems more likely than -stein. — 1574 Rec. Earld. Orkney 291.
Ane shereff court callit the hermanstein haldin be me … on the twentie day off Yule
1574 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I. 193.
Certaine crymes of thift … quhairof he wes convict in ane shereff court callit the hermanstem [sic]

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