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Orlag(e, -log(e, n. Also: -aige, -e(d)ge, -ige, -ich; oirlage; oralag, orologe. [ME. and e.m.E. orlog(g)e (Chaucer), -ege (1519), oriloge (1382), -ologe (c 1449), OF. orloge, oriloge, L. hōrologium. Cf. Horologe.] a. A clock. b. The dial of a clock. c. fig. d. Attrib.a., b. (a) 1454 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. V. ii. 778 (23rd May).
The seruice of the keping of the orlage for this ȝer
c1500 Fyve Bestes 206.
Our hous cok sall the houris of the nycht Alswele devyde as ony orlage richt
1511–12 Treas. Acc. IV. 324.
Ane orlage send be the ambassiatour of France to the King
1539–41 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 275. 1567 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 230.
To cause paint the letteris of the orlage
1576–7 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 57.
In culloring of the knok, moyne, and orlage
1582–3 Misc. Spald. C. V. 55.
For pik to the bak of the orlage
1584 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II. 387.
1586 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 263.
To mak the armis with the handis to boithe the orlages
1610 Dunferm. B. Rec. II. 81.
1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 176.
I leif my orlage to my gud sone
1673 Rothesay B. Rec. 253.
For … setting up of ane new knok and orlage in the tolbuithe
(b) 1582 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 148.
Clay to stoip the … hoillis about the orlaige for halding the vynd fra the knok
(c) 1546–7 Stirling B. Rec. I. 45.
[He] sall mak … ane orlege and mone
1618 Elgin Rec. II. 155 n.
The timmer about the knok and orledge
(d) 1619 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 282.
The brod of the orlige to be maid of new tymer and penttit
(e) 1553–4 Old Dundee II. 129.
To paint the orloge of the steeple
1582 Cal. Sc. P. VI. 124.
Gif he send the Kyng ane orloge
1604–5 Dundee Treas. Acc.
Mending the hand of the orlog
(f) 1498 Halyb. 184.
Paid for the mendyn of an oralag and the cais new
c. 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 347 (see Horologe n. (c)).d. a1500 Henr. Fab. 498 (Bass.).
Yone wes … our orlege [H. orlege; Bann. horlage] bell, Our walkryfe watche
1541 Soc. Ant. III. 162.
The said stepill to be persit for the orlage hand and bell
c 1563 Reg. Panmure I. cxliii.
Quhar now is the yeate to the Orologe hil
1678 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 431.
For guilding and painting of one orlich brod for the Tolbuth stipell of Leith

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