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Lambmes, n. Also: lamb(e)mess(e, -mas(s. [Var. spelling of Lammes, interpreted as f. lamb Lam n. Only Sc. Cf. also Lambes.] Lammas. b. Attrib.(a) 1549 Montgomery Mem. 147.
Folloing the feist of Aduincula Sancti Petri, callit Lambmes
1570 in Lauder Minor P. ix.
[Minister's stipend] xx li. mair sen Lambmes 1569
1579 Inverness Rec. I. 266.
To … refound … ane … pled … at the feist of Lambmes nixt
1582 Conv. Burghs I. 160.
Att four termes in the ȝeir, viz. Alhalowmes, Candilmes, Beltan and Lambmes
1591 Crim. Trials I. ii. 254.
Being at the Conventioun haldin at … the Fayrie-hoillis, att Lambmes lastwes
1640–1 Kirkcudbright Min. Bk. 134.
In respect it was about Lambmes befoire the said Johne enterit to the said lands
1671 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 271.
The scollars comeing at the Rude Day and Lambmes cannot be so far advanceit as thay that come at Hallowday and Candlemes
(b) 1630 Acts V. (1817) 219/2.
To propone for the changing of the termes of Witsonday and Martimes to Lambmesse and Candlemesse
a1651 Calderwood II. 393.
Bishop of Orkney … delated for not visiting the kirks … from Lambmesse to Allhallowmesse
(c) 1661 Murray Witch-cult 110.
Shee mett with him every quarter at Candlemas, Rudday, Lambmas
1669 Burnett Fam. P.
The feast of Lambmas
1688–9 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 516.
For keeping ane fundline betwixt Lambmass and Hallowday
1723 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I. 488.
By interest paid by him in Jan. 1713 till Lambmass 1722
b (1) 1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Assisa.
He suld haue … an thousand herring of ilk tak that halds, viz. of the Lambmes tak, of the winter tack, and of the Lentrone tack
1661 Reg. Privy S. 3 Ser. I. 652.
By the decaying of the Lambmes drave and sumer fishing yeirlie
1697 Foulis Acc. Bk. 213.
Aug. 3, To the herds their Lambmes silver, 4 s.
1700 Acts X. 205/2.
Primo die Martis mensis Augusti incipiend. nuncupandum nundinum festi Sancti Petri ad vincula seu lie Lambmassfair
(2) 1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 18.
To allow … the double multure … in the foirend of his Lambmes quarteres duetie

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