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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mort-kist, n. Also: morth-. [Kist n. 3.] A coffin. 1576 Edinb. Test. IV. 339.
I leve … for ane mort kist xvj s. money
1602 Chron. Perth 68.
Ane common mort kist
1608–9 Ayr B. Acc. 240.
[For painting] the mort kist in the pest tyme
1614 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 42 b.
The mort kist being haillilie coverit and bandit with irne and standing vpone foure stoupis
1619 Perth Kirk S. MS. 25 Jan.
For Bessye Kinglassies vynning scheit and mort kist
1622 Ib. 5 Nov.
And ar accuseit for making of mort kistis on the saboth dayis
1623–4 Ayr B. Acc. 282. 1630 Glasgow Trades House 146. 1654 Edinb. Test. LXVII. 209 b.
xxiiij mort kistis estimat all to fyftie pund
1672 Glasgow Wrights Acts 15. 1673 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 147.
The exhorbitant pryces takine be the wrights of this burgh for mortkists
1674 Kirkcudbr. Test. 16 May.
Morth kist

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