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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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(Miln-,) Milneknave, Mil-knave, n. Also: mylne-, mile- and -knaif(e), -kneav. [Knave n. 3 c.] An under-miller, miller's assistant.(a) c 1380 Liber Dryburgh 274.
Adam Milneknave de Carfrae
a1633 Hope Major Pract. I. 214.
Milne knaves
1662 Old Ross-shire II. 50.
[That] there be ane milne kneav & ane milne boy
1669 Argyll Sas. II. 478.
[Sasine of the office of miller and] mylne knaife of the mill of Cailȝebar
1678 Inverness Presb. 339.(b) 1582 Laing Chart. 259.
We fermoraris of Crummy auchit to scheis the mile knaif of ouir mile at ouir schesing and nocht be schosin be the multraris
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii. 3.
All they quha hes milns in ther lands sall haue ane maister, and tua servants mil-knaves

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