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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Herring, n. Also: herreine; hirring; harring, -eng. [e.m.E. herring, late ME. herryng (1469), var. of Hering n., with vowel-shortening.] Herring.(a) 1553–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 110.
The Quenis lettres … tuiching … paking of hirring
1600 Reg. Privy C. VI. 177.
The uplifting of the assyse herring and dewitie thairof
1618 Edinb. Test. L. 52.
The defunctis part of ane blok of herreine
(b) 1598 Stirling Ant. III. 308.
vijxx eist sie harreng, … xx west sie harreng
1657 Lamont Diary 108.
Few harring, … there sould be no dreue
attrib. 1581 Conv. Burghs I. 114 marg.
Salmond and herring bind

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