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Miln-, Milne-lade, Mill-laid, n. Also: myln(e)-, mille-, myl(l)- and -layd(e), -led, -leid, -lead. [Lade n.3 Cf. e.m.E. milleate (1609–10).] An aqueduct bringing water to a mill or mills; a mill-stream or mill-race.(a) 1474 Acta Aud. 33/2.
The distructioune … of the mylne lade and damme of Dumfally
1481–2 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 48.
[In his possession] of the mylne layd and draucht of water to his mylne of Drumkow
1498 Acta Conc. II. 227. 1556–7 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 10/1. 1588 Prot. Bk. J. Robertsone 45 b.
Ane mylne laid or watter drawcht besyd the bischoppis ward
1645 Irvine Mun. II. 60. 1691 Rothesay B. Rec. 475.
That peice comon land lying neir the milne lade
(b) 1434 Acts II. 22/2.
That the breif … haf cours … alanerly of watter gangis that is to say of miln leidis
1534 Bamff Chart. 64. 1570 Inverness Rec. I. 193. 1580 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 90 b.
The guis fald dyk to be tane doune at the miln led
1599 Reg. Great S. 284/2.
That part of the said mylneleid quhilk is presentlie crocit be ane furde
1620 Crim. Trials III. 488.
By … douking him in the mylne-leid or dam
1658 Chron. Perth 44.(c) 1597–8 Misc. Spald. C. I. 168.
Sua that the mylne lead culd neuer contene the watter
1612 Dunferm. B. Rec. II. 96. 1659 Rothesay B. Rec. 997. 1683 Martine Reliq. Divi Andreae 191.
The aqueduct or mylne lead … is near a mile long
(d) 1450 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 85.
The uphaldyn and the reddyn of the myl laid
1497 Blackfriars Perth 97.
Le Inche mill layd dicti burgi
1526 Ib. 133.
Le myllayd
1589 Prot. Bk. A. Gibson MS. 68 b.
The wattergang or myll laid of the said commoun mylnis
attrib. 1658 Lamont Diary 136.
Alonge the mille-layde syde
(e) 1566–67 Reg. Privy S. V. ii. 270/1.
Betuix the mylleid of Balhoway … and Kingis mylleid
(f) 1697 Fountainhall Decis. I. 801.
Russell … makes sluices both on the loch and the mill lead
1489 Dunferm. B. Rec. ii.
Betwix the land of John Schurtus one the sutht sid and the myl laid on the northt part

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