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Iren, Irin -yn, n. and a. Also: irene, irine, yrin, -yn, -ing, iyren, -yn. [ME. yrin, -en, irin, -en, OE. íren n. and adj., beside ísern, ísen. Cf. Irne and Iron(e.] a. Iron. b. An iron instrument or appliance. c. pl. Iron fetters. d. adj. and attrib. Composed or made of iron; hard as iron.a. 14.. Acts I. 305/2.
Of a hundreth iryn twa peniis
1456 Hay I. 289/31.
Ane othir croune of iryn
1519 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 176.
Ane quhitstane chenȝeit with irin
1529 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 122.
That thair be ane mesour of irine made
1530 Lindores Chart. 33.
Fower galds of yryn for the hyngars of the bedds
1549–50 Ayr B. Ct. Bk. 20 Jan.
He ordanit the said Robert to ware his money in iryn
1580 Skeyne Well A 3.
This watter, quhairof the taist is sumquhat vnplesand, as gif it wer brint with irin
1581 Rep. Mar & Kellie MSS. 35.
Ane bokett gird with iryne
b. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 5697.
Thair is into this twn Ane hundreth hoillis with irins out throw run
1563 Digest Justiciary Proc. E. 17.
His chalmer being seirchit thair wes dyuers of his iyrens … withe the fals testanes
1574-5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 15.
For tua fute spaddis with thair yringis
1603 Moysie Mem. 3.
The irenis of the counyiehous was desyrit
c. 1533 Boece ii. xi. 79.
To the confederatis he send in irenys vthir persouns
Ib. iv. xvii. 157.
Romanis … put Trebellius in irenis
1626 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 14.
The said William to … lye in the yrins till they be farder advised
d. 1456 Hay II. 49/16.
That iryn bitt
1582 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 126.
Ane ke with ane irin boit
1549 Compl. 114/27.
He gart bynd ther handis in iryn chenȝeis
1587-99 Hume vii. 92.
And sine [they] were cast … , Sum on a schald, sum on ane yrin cost
1580 Dickson & Edmond Ann. Sc. Printing 330.
Ane irene hammer
1614 Melrose P. 151.
Our vther dayis playing had discouerit the yrine yett

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