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(Lime-,) Lym(e)stane, n. Also: limne-, lymb- and -staine, -ston(e. [e.m.E. lyme stone (1523).] The rock, limestone. b. pl. Pieces of limestone.? Occas. also applied to limestone after calcination, = Lime n. 2. 1461 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 362.
The forsaide landys [at Cunningham] … with wodis parkis schawys qvarell lymstane bromis
1627 Rep. Parishes 36.
It haith nather mos nor lymestane
1654 Wemyss of Bogie MSS.
For furnishing to us of lymestaine for gooding of the common muir
16.. Ouchterlony in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 24.
[In Angus are] excellent milne stones great abundance of sklait and lymestone in diverse places
1681 Alyth Par. Ch. 126.
They appointed 19 horse to go to Dundie for lymston on Munday next
1683–90 Soc. Ant. LIV. 237.
To William Crawfoord for 24 bolls of limne-stone
b. 1535–6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 192.
To James Bischop [etc.] … for wyning breking and setting of lyme stanis for ane kill setting in Salusbery
1606 Dunferm. B. Rec. II. 22.
For aucht laid lyme stannis to the portis
1626 Ib. 154.
Tuentie loads lymbstanes
1632 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 11 (see Lime-craig n.). 1636 Kirkcaldy Presb. 102.
For twentie loads of lymestanes and slocking thairof, 8 lbs. 10 sh.
1641 Acts V. 452/1.
Wher the tennentes … shall … win there lymestanes … for making of lyme to … repaire the hous

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