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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hors-lade, -laid, n. Also: -lal, -leal, -leid. [Northern ME. horslade (c 1400), midl. and south horse lode (c 1350).] A horse-load. 14.. Acts I. 305/2.
Of a hors lade of salmonde at the entre a peny
Of a hors lad of kelingis … , a peny
1509 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 124.
Of ilk hors laid [of fish] a halfpenny
1548 Treas. Acc. IX. 165.
For carage of hir [a cannon] … to the ferre in hors laidis
1586 Inverness B. Rec. I. 307.
Johne Neilson … hes tane awaye wyth him tuaye horse laidis of the greyne young saplyne [etc.]
1593 Acts IV. 21/2.
Euerie horse laid that sall cum within the said watter ȝett
1608–9 Misc. Spald. C. V. 83.
For careing of twa horss leid of lyme to mend the blokhouss
1620 Elgin Rec. II. 164.
For careing geir and hors leadis to the mercat … on the Saboth day
1649 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 197.
Upoun a reasonable pryce for the sled draught and hors laid

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"Hors-lade n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



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