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Lambes, n. Also: lambess, lambas, lamb(i)s. [Var. spelling of Lammes n.: cf. Lambmes.] Lammas. b. Attrib.(a) 1579 Edinb. Test. VII. 303 b.
The schip brokin at Weirdie at Lambes
1590 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 150.
The saidis coillis to be delyverit to him at Lambes or thairby yeirlie
1607 Glasgow Burgesses 34.
[To a student] for help of his claithis quhen he is maid Maister, at Lambes nixt
1617 Conv. Burghs III. 47.
The fairs of Lambes or Patrikmes within the said burgh [of Dumbarton]
1628 M. Works Acc. MS. XXI. 18.
[Workmen] keiping thair houres fra Lambes to Hallowmes
1636 Kirkcaldy Presb. 109.
About Lambes in the farder end of harvest
1641 Acts V. 376/2.
[We] have now altered … the formar … termes of payment from Whitsonday and Mertimes to … Lambes and Candlemas
1691 Douglas Chart. 346.
He was payed … for eight hundreth men till Lambes 1690
(b) 1612 Inverurie 172.
The first collection being at Hallowmas … the second at Candlemas … the third at Ruid Day, and last at Lambas
1619 Fam. Innes 210.
Giff ye goe home befor Lambas I pray you vissit me
1662 Decis. Lords G. 15.
[They] are in use to keep up their victual till summer and Lambas
1674 Cunningham Diary 27.
Alex. Millar, being a miller, pays nothing till the ordinary terme of mill rents, which is Lammas of the succeeding year; for example, at Lambas 1674 he pays for the whole cropt 1673
1683 Garden in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 134.
Till the dogfish come in which at the furthest is about Lambas
1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 621.
Six small lyne boats … goe to dreave at Lambas
(c) 1653 Lamont Diary (1830) 60.
About Lambs before this
1658 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 180.
[The bear] quhilk wase dew … att the terme of Candlmese wase not proferrit till the Lambis therefter
1661 Black Sc. Witches 42.
Betwixt the Whitsondaye and the Lambis
b. 1605–6 Misc. Spald. C. V. 79.
The discharging of Lambes and Lauren fairis
1609 Conv. Burghs II. 284.
The Lambes hering tane within the firthe
1628 Ib. III. 271.
Tua … faires [at Dumbarton] … , the ane thairof callit Lambes fair and the vther … Patrikmes fair
1656 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 182.
To the Lambes visitatioune, tuo short declamatiouns and a palemone
1670 Glasgow Weavers 80.
Of quarter comptis at Lambes court
1678 Glasgow Merchants House 138.
Ane act … to begin for this Lambes querter

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