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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Male-, Mail(l)-man, n. Also: maile-. [Male n.1 3 b.] = Malar n. 1. — Burgh Laws c. 64 (B); 14.. Acts I. 31/2.
Gyf ony male man gyfys thé nocht thi male at thi terme
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2708 (Ch.).
The pure pepill … As maill men [Bann. malemen], merchandis & all lauboreris
1582 Laing Chart. 259.
That … fermoraris or maile men sall sell als meikle of the crop … as to pay ane termis maile [etc.]
1584 Reg. Privy C. III. 661. 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 113. 1627 Rep. Parishes 8.
My parishiners … being maillmen and in usse to pay for the teindis [etc.]

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