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Litting, vbl. n. Also: lit-, lytt-, leitt-, leat- and -yn(g, -in, -eyne. [ME. litinge (Ancr. R.), lytynge, littinge (Prompt. Parv.), thereafter Sc. and north. Eng. only; Lit v.]

Dyeing.(1) 14.. Acts I. 24/2.
Of makyn of clath and littyn of woll
1535 Alloway Baron Ct. 2 Nov.
Peling of the barkis of the apil treis of his orchart & lytting of his cloik with the samyn
1572–3 Elgin Rec. I. 136.
Thre pundis vecht of grein ȝairn … the said Walter payand for the littyng thairof
1581 Acts III. 240/2.
That the raw … silkis to be brocht hame be him salbe custome frie with the dreggis for litting thairof
1597 Brechin Test. I. 157.
For cleytht litting
1673 Ayr & W. Coll. IV. 110.
The action … against Thomas Wylie … for 12 s. for liting of playding
1683 Dundee B. Laws 554.
John Duncan … ane unfree man … impudentlie professes … the said litster trade by litting and dying cloath … with false and vntrew cullors
(b) 1675 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 428.
[For] leitting [6 ells of] walked [plaiding]
(c) 1672 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 157.
For sex ealls of broune cloth … and for ane peick of seid beir for to pey for the leating of it
(2) 1507–8 Treas. Acc. IV. 40.
For … quhit clath to be almous clathis … , Item, for litting of the samyn blew
1512 Ib. 185.
For litteyne of the said xxiiij dussone vj½ elnis quhet in blew
1571 Canongate Ct. Bk. 335.(3) 1578 Conv. Burghs I. 76.
Anentis thame quha hantis the litting of faals litt, sic as blew, brissell, ochart litt
1619 Dundee B. Laws 553.
The liberties … of … brether gild … in … litting in sic true cullouris as thay shall please
16.. Admir. Ct. Form 66.
[This wood] is for litting reed but not so reed as brazill wood
1670 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 89.
Certaine … persones … who have no skill in … keeping of ane blewfatt and wedfatt … for sufficient dying and litting of … divers … cullers
1684 Symson Descr. Galloway 79.
In … Monnygaffe, there is ane excrescence, … which the country people … call cork-lit, and make use thereof for litting or dying a kind of purple colour
(4) a 1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlviii. 31.
Violet. … Seure, be my witting, not brunt in the litting
1601 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 316.
For making of the claithe and stuffis guid and sufficient to the litting
1622 Edinb. Test. ii. 111.
Materiallis for litting
1632 Banff Ann. I. 67. 1641 Acts V. 657/2.
Prenteises … to learne … weaving, waaking, litting, dressing, &c.
1672 Aberd. Council Lett. V. 160.
Wadde and everie thing relating to litting
1697 Dundee B. Laws 561.
We [being] so born down with small pryces for liting, particullarly for litting by weight such as small fingrin searges, which wil taick four ell to ane pund

b. Attrib. with -brissell, -clayth, -wair and in Litting-leid. 1574 Edinb. Test. III. 93.
Fourtie pund wecht of litting brissell price of the pund xvj d.
1595 Ib. XXIX. 82 b.
Fyve scoir elneis of Galloway claytht being litting claytht
1643 Ib. LX. 223 b.
Certane litting wair of severall sortis estimat all to v lib.

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