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Linget, n. Also: lingett, -(e)at, -it, -ed, lynget(t, -it; lindgett, -it. [Cf. MF. lingette linen cloth (15th c.) and linette linseed (15–16th c.). Only Sc.]

1. The seed of flax, linseed.(a) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1795.
For linget is to lytill birdis fude
1477 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 408.
Thre peckis of lynget
1502 Acta Conc. MS. XII. 84.
Ane boll of lynget the price vi s.
1546 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS. XXI. 67.
1586 St. Andrews Test. II. 65.
Ane staine lint … thre peckis linget price thairof xl s.
1606 Edinb. Test. XLII. 18 b, 1611 Ib. XLVI. 215.
1655 Conv. Burghs III. 400.
John Moreis, merchand in Kirkcaldie, repairing [to Auchtermuchty] with ane bagg of linget
(b) 1624 Edinb. Test. LII. 198.
Sex fourt pairtis lindgit pryce xx s.
Ib. LVIII. 270 b.
Ane punscheone of lindgett estimat to xxvij li.

b. Linget seid, id. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1737.
Se ȝe ȝon churle … Fast sawand hemp and gude linget seid?
Id. III. 151/31.
Lawrean and linget seid and the luffage … Put all thir in ane pan … For the collik
1572 Exch. R. XX. 99; 1590 Ib. XXII. 91.
9s. of certain lingetseid, 20s. of certain sauffron
1573 Acts III. 83/2.
That nane of the subiectis … transport furth of this realm ony maner of lynning claith linget seid maid candell [etc.]
1597 Skene Acts Table. s.v. Linged seede 1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 318.
Lingett seid
1663 Conv. Burghs III. 564.
Excys on lingit seed

c. Attrib. with ladill and sawing. 1595 Edinb. Test. XXVIII. 343 b.
The said Marioun to haif ȝeirlie ane pect of lingett sawing and the said Jonet to haif half ane pect sawing ȝeirlie
1608 Glasg. B. Rec. I. 274 [see Ladill n. 2 (a)].

2. Olye (oyle, ule, olyve) lingeat, -et, lynget oylie (oyle), oyle of linget, linseed oil.(1) 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 25; Ib. 63; 1504 Ib. 277, etc.
For iiij pointis of olye lingeat to the samyn [guns] xij s.
1508 Rentale Dunkeld. 206.
[Purchase of oil] lie lingat [1 chopin 14 d.]
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 509.
For reid leid and oily linget for the coloring of the three greit irne gunnys
1537–8 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 215.
iiii quartis ule lingit, ilk quart viii s.
1553 Treas. Acc. X. 204.
Ane pynte of olyve lynget, price x s. iiij d.
1579 Misc. Bann. C. II. 202.
xvij pyntis oyle linget
(2) 1596 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 168.
The tabill … of the pittie customes … Item … wyne, lynget oyelie, saip, [etc.] … ilk ane foure penneis
1598 Edinb. Test. XXXI. 350 b.
Lingit oyle at xx s. the pynt
1628–9 Mill Mediæv. Plays 209.
Ane barrell of ten gallouns of lyngit oyle with siluer and gold bookis
1659–60 Peebles B. Rec. II. 200.
Payd … for cullering the halbert with lingit oyll, … [12s.]
(3) 1625 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 165.
For laying over the … quheill … with … oyle of linget
1633 Ib. MS. XXVI. 12 b.

3. The fibre of flax. a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 993.
I will have other tow in your rock, nor sit and keme linget

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