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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lair-stane, -stein, -ston(e, n. Also: laire-, laar- and -steyn. [North. e.m.E. lair-, larestone (1538), f. Lair n.1 4.] In the north-east: A (recumbent) grave-stone.(a) 1588 Prot. Bk. J. Robertsone MS. 46 b.
The circumscription grawin about in the lair stane that lyis vpone the said vmquhill dame Christane graif … in the paroche kirk
1633 Elgin Rec. II. 225.
If it be fund that they have lifted any laire stanes in the kirk or churchyaird
1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 33. 1649 Ib. 110.
That the pryces of the laires aboue written sall nowayis be extendit to those quha sall haue any tombes or lair stanes to lywp one thair graves
(b) 1592 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 394.
The blew laar steyn callit Jon Murray steyn
1649 Cramond Speymouth Ch. 7.
Ane merk of penaltie … for abusing ane lair stein in the Kirk yeard
(c) 1647 Elgin Rec. I. 183.
The pryce of ane lair stone laid on the said wmquhill Alexr
1660 Banff Ann. I. 142.
For everie … lairston importit and exportit, 4 s.

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