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Ledderin, Leddrin, a. Also: leddering, -yn, -en, -ane, -ain (-am), -on(e, leddirin, leddorone, leddern; led(d)ren, -an, -o(u)n, -oum; lad(d)erin(g. [Sc. var. of Letherin, f. Ledder n.2]

Made or consisting of leather, leathern.Also quhit leddering, blak ledderen, scheip leddren dry leddrin.(1) 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 86.
In a leddering purs … tuelf score and xvj salutis
1528 Acta Conc. MS. XXXVIII. 122.
[That] he come bot in in [sic] ledderin cote and ane blak bonet
1529 M. Works Acc. (ed.) 3.
To the sadillair Ra for vi ledderon breichamys
1531 Bell. Boece II. 73.
Scho bure ane leddern belt above ane quhit kirtil
1534 Treas. Acc. VI. 193.
To begary ane ledderane coit
1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 247.
Coft ane ledderain [pr. -am] bage to put pulder in, price ij s. vj d.
1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 647/2.
Twa ledderone stuillis
1567 Crim. Trials I. i. 493.
Twa maills, the ane ane tronk, and the vthir ane ane leddirin mail
1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 174 b.
The furneist blak ledderen cais
(b) c1500 Rowll Cursing 110 (B).
Vthiris devillis thair salbe sene … Sum with quhippis of leddroun [M. leddering] tardis
1531 Bell. Boece II. 454.
[They] fillit sindry dry leddrin polkis full of small stanis
1534 Treas. Acc. VI. 193.
Ane leddren coit
1547 Ib. IX. 87.
For tua ledroun polkes xvj d.
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 58 b.
Thre dosane of scheip leddren gluifis price of the dosane xvj s.
1599 Black Bk. Taymouth 335.
Leddran bossis
1613 Dunferm. B. Rec. II. 112.
Be streking her with ane ledron belt
(c) 1537 Acta Conc. & Sess. IX. 157.
[Certain] laddering pursis knoppit with gold price of the pece iiij s.
1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 118.
For ane laderin coit to him. xij s.
1645 Rec. Old Aberd. II. 21.
Ane laddering wallet for the keeping off it [sc. a mortcloth]
(2) 1558 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 270.
Twa ledderone skynnis till be ane pair of breiks to the gray freir
Ib. 271.
Gevin for iij leddroun skynnis to be thair schone, vj s.

b. transf. to the wings of a bat. 1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 33.
Vpgois the bak with hir pelit ledderyn [R. leddren] flycht

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