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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hernes, -nais, n. Also: hernis, -nys. [ME. hernes (c 1330), -nays, -nis, OF. herneis, var. of harneis Harnes n.] Harness, esp. horse-harness. 1400 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. 44.
For a hundreth knychtis, … gudes, hors and hernais, als wele within wallit toun as with owt
1543 Reg. Cupar A. II. 25.
Andro sal haue ane gude hors with hernes, wapynnis, and gair effering to his maling
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 515.
x stane of smale towis to be eirlederis for the hernys
1566 Inv. Wardrobe 171.
Certane auld brechomes and hernes of the French facioun
attrib. 1503 Edinb. Hammermen 44 b.
For poynttis to the hernis men to put on thar ger with
1511–2 Rentale Dunk. 151.
Pro quatuor ferris equo dni & aliis quatuor lie hernes hors

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