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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mos-, Mois-rowm(e, Moss-rowm(e, room, n. [Mos n. 6 b. Appar. only south-western: our examples refer only to places in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Wigtownshire and Bute, and cf. also ‘rowm of the mos’ in 1486 Prestwick B. Rec. 31 [see Mos n. 4 (1)]. Also, as moss-room, in the 18th c. dial. of Renfrewshire and Ayrshire.] A fixed portion of a moss (Mos n. 4) allocated to one for use as a source of peats etc.; the right of cutting peats etc. in a specified portion of a ‘moss’. — 1525 Wigtown B. Ct. 161 b.
Anent ane mois rowme of the Kyngis mois
1569 Reg. Privy S. VI. 141.
With liberty of mos and mos rowme … in the … lordship of Failfurd
1573 Prot. Bk. T. Lindsay 60 b.
His housis ȝairdis & mosrowm
1590 Exch. R. XXII. 528.
Cum libertate de lie mos et mosrowmes
1648 Retours I. No. 393 (Ayr).
Cum libertate vulgo mosrowme in glebario de Mosmolloche alias Smythstounmos
1665 Kingarth Par. Rec. 36.
For mossrowm [for the minister] the parish is divided in 4 quarters … ilk quarter to furnish ther own year mosrowm
1678 Retours I. No. 615 (Ayr).
In terris de Moitt cum mossroom ad easdem pertinente

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