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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lath-brod, -bord, n.1 Also: latht-, laith(t)-, lauth(t)and -brode, -bred. [Cf. north. e.m.E. latbrod (1536–7), late broade (1620), lath-nail, and mod. north. Eng. dial. lat-brod in the same sense; appar. f. Lath n. and Brod n.1 a prick, in later Sc. and north. Eng. dial. as brod a short, round-headed nail made by blacksmiths; later confused with bord Burd(e board (and Bred n.1 2), as in Lath-brodn.2]

Lath-nails. More commonly uninfl. as a collective, but also plur. (Cf. lath-pin, -nail, Lath n. 1 c, and Lathbrod-nale.)coll. (a) 1490 Mun. Univ. Glasg. II. 256.
For ane hundreth sclait quhilk the place was beildit with xviij denarij … for half a hundreth latht brod iiij denarij
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 357.
For vc ȝet nalis … ; for ilk hunder ij s.; … Item, for xvij hunder lath brod to Dunbar, for ilk hunder x d.
1501 Ib. II. 89.
For vc dur nales, iijc lathbrod, and tua hundreth planschour nailes
1513 Ib. IV. 525.
For jm laith brode, viij s.
1535–6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) 187.
For iic thak naill … iic lathbrod
(b) 1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) 71.
To James Darroch smyth for viiic laitht bord
1532 Ib. 97.
To Johne Quhite smyth for im lautht bord
1537–8 Ib. 217.
iijm jc lath bord
plur. 1507 Rentale Dunkeld. (S.H.S.) 204.
2200 lathbrodis, 1100 planchour nale, 102 garrow nale [etc.] … price of 100 lathbrodis 10d., 100 planchour 13d. [etc.]
1582–3 Ayr B. Acc. 40.
Item for lathbred is to the kirk, vj s. viij d. Item for sklait pynnis, vj s. viij d.

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