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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Jedburgh(t-, Jedburch(t-staff, n. Also: Jedbruchtand -staf, -stalf(f, -stauf, -staulff, -staif, etc. Also Jedwartstaf(f. A weapon of the bill or glaive variety, which appar. originated in Jedburgh. 1541–2 Treas. Acc. VIII. 124.
xxix Jedburght staffis, xxiiij jeffelingis and vj dusane … halbertis
1547 Stirling Ant. IV. 219.
Persewit be Thomas Makalpy for the wrangus holding from him of his Jedburcht staf
1566 Digest Justiciary Proc. F. 11.
Boddin … with … swordis, buklaris, Jedbrucht stalffis, halbeiris & vtheris vaponis invasiue
1570 Canongate Ct. Bk. 140.
Convict … of the cuming upon Williame Chalmer with ane Jedburgh stalf and striking him thairwith upon the heid ane insche deip or thairby
1618 Elgin Rec. I. 236.
Jedburgh staulffis
1643 Acts VI. (1819) 43/2.
That they be furnished with halbert, lochwaber axes or Jedburgh staffes and swordis
1661 Ib. VII. 252/2.
Jedburgh staves ilk hundred
1680 Lyon Office Register of Arms MS. in Laidlaw Poetry and Prose (1904) 105.
A kynde of launce (called the Jedburgh staff)

b. Attrib. with heid. (Cf. Jedworth-hede.) 1534 Treas. Acc. VI. 210.
In arrillis of certane Jedburght staff heidis to be maid to his hienes
1542 Reg. Privy S. II. 735/1.
In making of his quhinȝearis, knyvis, speirheidis and Jedburgh-staufis-heidis

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