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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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(Maidin-,) Madin-barn(e, n. Also: maidyne-, maydyn-, madyn(e-, maden-, madane-, medin- and -bairn(e, -berne. [North. ME. maiden barn (Cursor M.).] A female child. = Maidin-child n., Maidin n. 1 c. a1400 Leg. S. xxvi. 1026.
Othir a madyne-barne or a knaf
c1420 Wynt. ii. 563.
All the madyne [C. maydyn] barnys
1474 Misc. Spald. C. V. 23.
Ilk madyn barne
1550 Prot. Bk. J. Cristisone 100.
[The] thre madane barnis
1568 St. A. Kirk S. 306, 1584 Ib. 522, etc. 1570 Leslie 166.
That the Quene … wes deliverit of ane maden barne
1584 Coll. Aberd. & B. 630.
Gif it was ane medin berne
1586 Edinb. Test. XVI. 128.
My aucht bairnis, to wit thre men children and fyve maden barnis
1586 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 12 April.
That Marion Lindsay … be admittit to teich the madin barnis
1598 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 171.
Maidyne bairnis
1614 Crim. Trials III. 270.
Ane quik madin bairne
1626 Justiciary Cases I. 53.

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