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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lim(e)-, Lym(e)-pot(t, n.2 [Pot n.2: cf. late ME. and e.m.E. lime-, lyme-pit, a pit in which lime is burnt (c 1440), a limestone quarry (1490), a tanner's lime-pit (1591).]All the instances refer to places in the east: cf. Lime-holl n.

A tanner's lime-pit. 1501 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 340.
Resingnacioune be erde and stane … of ane lyme pot liande … betuix the southt chek of the nethir yet of the sade Vilyamis yarde extendyn to the elimosinaris yarde … one the southt part and the Tourburne one the vest part
1565 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 649/1.
Anent the allegit waytaking of certane scheipskynnis be him furth of certane lyme pottis liand on the north syd of the burgh of Edinburgh
1568 Edinb. Test. I. 212 b.
Four hundreth … rucht calf skynnis in the lyme pot
1582 Ib. X. 285 b. 1596 Reg. Great S. 160/1.
Vastam caudam terre cum lie vorkhousis et lymepottis ad australem partem borealis lacus dicte caude incumben.
1605–6 Montrose Treas. Acc. 3.
To be deducit anent Andro Willis airis bark pott and lym pott
1610 Brechin Test. II. 35 b.1652 Edinb. Test. LXVI. 1 (see Lime n. 3). 1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 571.
A years rent of lim potts and grass at the east port [at Dundee]

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