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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Malt silvir, -er, n. [Cf. e.m.E. maltsilver (a 1472) a tax.] Money for malt.a. ? A commuted payment for a rent originally in malt. b. A payment to a maltster for making grain into malt.a. 1542 Exch. R. XVII. 580.
Onerat se … de viij li. pecuinie et iiij li. vocatis malt silvir de firmis terrarum de Naristoun
b. 1569 Canongate Ct. Bk. 65.
That … the said Thomas … on na wayis will find … cautionaris … for payment of the said malt silver without he be compellit
1570 Ib. 229. 1577 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 40.
William McGe to … pey to Johne Cultan xxxv s. restand of malt silver
1583 St. A. Test. II. 12.
To Jhon Landellis for malt siluer [£4 13s. 4d.]
1606 Inverurie B. Ct. 17 Nov.
For rest of malt siluer bocht be the said Wm. Andersoneis wyf
1633 Edinb. Test. LVI. 156.

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