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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Kimpkin, Kempkin, n. Also: kymp-, kinp-, kimkin; kempkyn. [Altered var. of Kinkin: cf. 17th c. Du. kimmekijn (1652).] A small barrel, a keg. = Kinkin n.(a) 1558 Treas. Acc. X. 425.
For ane barrell and ane kympkin to put the saidis nalis in
1584 Edinb. Test. XIII. 164 b.
Ane kympkin of saip estimat to iij li. x s.
1587 Ib. XVIII. 80.
Ane brokin kimpkin of saip
1625 Brechin Test. IV. 184.
Ane kimpkin spruis vijr, … thrie kimkins orna butter
Ib. 198 b.
Ane kinpkin stark saip [£6, 13, 4d.]
(b) 1580 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 199.
ij kempkynnis of seap
1628 Brechin Test. IV. 321.
Thrie kimpkins of saip … ane kempkin sueit saip
1631 Ib. V. 51 b.
Ten kempkins saip

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