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Penny-, Penni(e-brydal(l, -el(l, n. Also: penney-, peny-, penie- and -brydail(l, -il(l, -iall, -le, (-ol); -bridal(l, -el, -il, -le; -bryddel; -brythell, -brithel, -brethel. [Penny n. and Brydal(e n. Only Sc.] A wedding at which each guest contributed a sum of money towards the cost of the entertainment.See also Brydal(e n. 1 and 2 a, Lawing n. 3 and Pennywedding n.(a) 1599 Stirling Kirk S. in Misc. Maitl. C. I. 132.
That thair be na mariage maid in this kirk, (quha hes penny brydellis,) quhill thair be first consignit x li. and certificatione gevin
1601 Ellon Presb. 33. 1606 Aberd. Presb. in Dalyell Darker Superst. 293. 1617 Acts IV. 538/1.
In respect of the … intolerable abominations that falls out at the penny brydellis
1618 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II. 237.
That peny brydallis be for vj s. viij d. for ilk persone
1627 Cramond Ch. Bellie 3.
[Censured] for making ane pennie brydell … to his dochter in law at quhilk wer present excommunicat papists
1631 Strathbogie Presb. 4.
Penny brydals
1636 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 171.
Such ane abuise … throw excessive giving at penny brydillis
1640 Moray Synod in Inverness Presb. 120.
By drunkennes and tuilȝieing at pennie brydalls
That thair be no pennie brydalls maid on the Sabbothe
Ib. 121.
Pennie brydiall
1645 Ritchie Ch. S. Baldred 268.
That the pepill conveinit on bothe syds to ane penney brydall sall not exceid the number of 20
1645 S. Leith Rec. 53.
That … who are to make penny brydells sall consigne … ten pound that thair mariag dinner sall not exceed the pryce of 12 s.
1645 Kelso Presb. in Berw. Nat. C. V. 333.
That the number of persones at a penny bridall should not exceid four or five meises of people
1645 Fife Synod 142.
1646 Ib. 148.
1646 Rec. Old Aberd. II. 26.
That neane hawe the libertie of penny brydels bot … seruants, hyrmen and hyrwomen [etc.] … and others of that rank
1647 Elgin Rec. II. 257.
Pennie brydaills
1647 Cupar Presb. 117.
Pennie bryddells
1648 Falkirk Par. Rec. I. 154.
Peny brydels
1649 Culross 231.
Because of the great abuse at pennie brydols of gathering in numbers of people, especially work-people, from their masters' service
1649 Elgin Rec. II. 265.
Penie brydails
1655 Cupar Presb. 169.
The presbyterie being sadly weghted with the report of the continwance and exhorbitant and unnecessarly numerous confluences of people at pennie brydles
1656 Edinb. Justices Peace 410.
The makers of p[enny]-bridals are not to exceed ten shillings Scots for a man and eight shillings Scots for a woman
1658 Rothesay Par. Rec. 5.
Penny brydellis
1658 Musselburgh 115. 1661 Stitchill Baron Ct. 22. 1661 Sc. Ant. XIII. 38.
Penny bridels
1665 Lauder Jrnl. 124.
They have their penny bridiles in France
1670 Salmon Borrowstounness 92. 1672 Stirling B. Rec. II. 13.
John Inneis … to be common pyper to the said burgh … [with] the priviledge of playing to all penny brydellis
1672 Foulis Acc. Bk. 6.
Pennie brydle
1681 Colvil Whig's Suppl. I. 10.
1684 Law Memor. 204.(b) 1642 Lanark Presb. 29.
Penie brithels
1674 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 204.
All … penny brythells … quhairin the fidler shall be imployed
(c) 1635 Boharm Kirk S. 4 Jun.
That no penny brethels be made … vnder pain of fyffe punds

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