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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lady-mes(se, n. Also: lade-. [Lady n. 6.]

A mass celebrated in honour of the Virgin. b. Also attrib. (Not the same as Marymes q.v.). 1444 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 12.
He sal vphald the ladymesse with uoce on Twisdai, Thurisdai, and Fridai ilke owke for a yher
1495 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 316.
The quhilk buyk and chalys to serve the lady preyst of the forsaid kirk [sc. of Our Lady in Dundee] that beis for the tyme daily at the lady mes at the hye altar
And eftir the lady mes daily to pas in the albys to the grayf
a 1500 Coll. St. Salvator 153.
Quhit syngill worsat broudyn for the lady mes
1537 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 412.
Sex bernis … sall syng Aue gloriosa … immediatlie eftir the lade mes … quhene the lade mes sal be sounge
a1538 Abell 113 a.
He come dailie to lady mes pryme mes quhen he held cheptur
b. 1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 271.
To the queir for the lady messis silver xx s.
1559–60 Ib. III. 62.
Alexander Park thesaurer to … pay … to Sir James Crawfurde chaplane of the rude loft the sowme of … x s. for the lady mes syluer
1583 Ib. IV. 282.
In and to the haill anniuersareis, sawle messis, diergeis, lady messis syluer

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