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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hirself, Hirselvyn, pron. Also: hyrself, hirselfe, -sell; hirselwyn, hyrselwine. [ME. hirself (a 1300), hire-sulf (c 1200), -solf (c 1175); hirselvyn (a 1400), hireselven (c 1230).] Herself.(a) a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 47.
Hou scho can hir-selwyn led, Demaynand hir in althing ewine
Ib. xxx. 976.
Scho fand onhyd The falset that hyrselwine dide
1513 Doug. iv. Prol. 256.
Dido … for disdeyn … hir selvyn slew
Ib. xi. xv. 30.
In goldyn attyre hir selwyn to addres
(b) c1420 Wynt. iv. 146.
Scho … slwe hyrself for sorowe
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 233/3.
That the king suld cum be him selfe & his and the qwene be hir self & hirris
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 41.
Giffin to the lady hirself agane hir passage in Galloway, xx li.
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4236.
Nane did that turne bot ȝour awin wife hir sell
a1578 Pitsc. I. 157/24.
Sche knawand hirself to be regent … of the realme
1608 Kinghorn Kirk S. ii.
Issobell Stewin … was ordanit to present hirselfe … at the kirk door bair fuittit
1650 Strathbogie Presb. 152.
Shoe said shoe thought hir not at hirself

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