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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Moder Kirk. Also: modir, -yr. [ME. moder church(e, modyr chyrche, e.m.E. mother church, (c 1325) a parish church, (c 1460) Holy Church.] a. The haly modir kirk, Holy Church. = Haly Kirk n. 1 (and cf. Moder n.1 4 a). b. One's parish church. —a. 14.. Acts I. 106/2.
Syndri & he thyngis tuechand … at the honor of God & of the haly modyr kirk
1456 Hay I. 295/27.
For as the moder bringis furth the barne carnaly, sa dois the haly kirk the princis spiritualy, for thai ar … regenerit be new generacioune maid be the haly moder kirk
b. 1454–5 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 340.
The quhilk bane he frely left to oure moder kirk of Sanct [Giles]
1514 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 349.
For the decoring and reparacioun to be had in our modir kirk

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