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Ladining, Ladning, Laidning, vbl. n. Also: ladnyng, ladynning; laid-, laydnyng, -eing, laidin-, laidening; leid-, led-, leadning, leadining. [f. Ladin v. Cf. Lodining.] = Lading vbl. n.

1. The loading of a ship with its cargo. Also attrib. in ladinning port.Freq. losing and laidning. 1531 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 142.
[To be used] to the losing and laidnyng of schippis
1553 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws 16.
Not only at the losing and laidining [of the wines] but also vpon the sea
1596 Conv. Burghs I. 486.
Of ilk twn guidis … tua schillingis at the incuming, and att the laidining and outgangeing tua schillingis
1608 Glasg. B. Rec. I. 290.
Sua that na leadining of heir[i]ng could be at the said river during the said space
1610 Conv. Burghs II. 295.
Of ilk tune guidis lost in the said heavin … , at the ledning and outgoing twa schillings
1622-6 Bisset II. 211/7.
Frauchting and laidnyng of schippis suld be keiped be the … officeris of burrowes
1639 Wemyss Chart. 226.
The vther necessares for their [ships'] leadning bake to the cuntrye again
1662 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 491.
For the more commodious laidining and landing of boatis, that their be ane litle key builded
attrib. 1579 Conv. Burghs I. 100.
No … gudis imput in the schip at ony vther port, vther nor at hir ladinning port, salbe haldin to scat and lot

2. concr. The cargo or load of a ship.(a) 1561 St. A. Kirk S. 79.
Heir ar … on cace cumin twa Scottismen inhabitan[tis] in that cuntre, to sell the ladnyng of thar schip
1566 Reg. Privy C. I. 482.
That the Scottismen frauchtaris of the said strangearis schippis ar of sufficient power … to furneis the ladynning thairto of thair awin propir gudis
1583 Ayr & G. Coll. VI. 225.
To discharge his ladining of hering
1602 Reg. Privy C. VI. 440.
[The ship shall] thair lose hir haill ladning, handle and clang[e] it
c1650 Spalding II. 348.(b) 1572 Inverness Rec. I. 222.
Thair to loise and delywer hir laidnyng
1572 Canongate Ct. Bk. 373.
At the said schippis arryvall … hir laidning extendit to xlii sekkis of guddis
1572 Reg. Privy C. II. 145.
Of every tun of wyne or uther merchand waires … according to the quantitie and laidning, xiii s. iiii d. of the tun
1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 498.
Ane boit … hes quyetly past vp the watter with hir laidning
1610 Ib. VI. 345.
Ye … brocht the said schip with hir haill laidnyng, gudis and geir to the cost of Ireland
1639 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 183.
He past to New Castell … and there sauld his shippis laidning of bear and malt
(c) 1613 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. (Notes) 340.
Pvrsver having lately bought ane barkis leidning of peis … in the raid of Kirkcaldy
1632 Justiciary Cases I. 200.
Befoir any of the said leadning or merchandice war loissit or taine out of the said schip
1644 Elphinstone Mun. 37.
Caus dispatche … the schip with hir leadning

3. fig. A burden or charge (of tasks to be carried out), a load (of sins). 1612 Lett. Eccl. Aff. I. 294.
No packett sall runne bot your maistie sall understand of my discharge of some pairte of my laidening
1633 Johnston Diary (1911) I. 28.
Thy 3-fold leadning of thy bygon sinnes

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