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Pipe, Pyp(e, n.2 Also: pip, pyip; peip; payp. [ME. and e.m.E. pipe (1392–3), pype (1411), F. pipe cask for wine, etc., also a measure, f. as Pipe n.1 in spec. sense of a cylindrical container.] A large cask, used for wine, also for other commodities; a pipe.For further examples, see Dry ware n., Mele n.1 3 c, Punschioune n., sek, wine, etc.In size, the equivalent of two puncheons or four barrells, the capacity varying according to the sort of commodity contained. — And four punshions makes a tun and tuo pypes goes to a tun or eight haill barrells; Tract. Leg. Naval. 63.(1) ?14.. Ship Laws c. 28 (B).
Gyf a ton or a pype be tynte in the wyndyng … the maystyr aw to mak thaim gude
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3591.
Thay … schupe thame … Pypys and townnys for to ta … To mak defens and brettys
1445–6 Ayr B. Ct. 7 March.
That he fensit appipus of wyne with a pece of a pipe
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 344.
To ane cowpar for mending and visiting of thir pipis
1499 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 26 (see Barrell n. 1). 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 35 (see Heding vbl. n.2). 1503 Ib. 384.
For the fraucht, carying, and uncostis of ane pipe and ane punschioun
1509–10 Edinb. Hammermen 68.
To twa pynouris for berin of the pipis to the schaffeltin
1513 Doug. ix. vi. 91.
The stowt Ewrialus … Behynd a wyne bote or a pype hym hyd
1531 Treas. Acc. V. 460 (see Gird n.1 2). 1531 Aberd. Pynours 60.
For every toum [pr. tounn] pyip tha beir aboun the braid gutter
1560 Treas. Acc. XI. 29.
For foure pontionis and ane pipe to mak steping fattis
1573–4 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. ii.
For the secund falt, the exscheting of the pece, be it pipe, puntion, or barrell
1593 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II. 24.
Ladnit with pakyne and pype ballis and cofferis of merchandizes
1594 Reg. Privy C. V. 196 (see Dry ware n. 2). 1596 Ib. 305 (see *Hoghed n.).(b) 1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 302.
For the fraucht of the said coppir, tyne, and xxvij rowis poldavis, put to tua twne iij pip fraucht
(c) 1559–60 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 314.
For hame bering of peippis and daillis
(d) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1688 (Ch.).
Bacchus … renewit hes The tume pyipis … With wynis wicht
(2) 1264 Exch. R. I. 10.]
[In … doliis et vna pipa vini
1437 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. IV. 99.
Andraw of Culane deliueris to the said Iohne a pipe of wade
1484 Acta Conc. I. *90/1.
For a pipe of befe
1488 Ib. 97/2 (see Gascon a. b). 1497 Treas. Acc. I. 343 (see Ceder n.). 1497–8 Acta Conc. II. 140.
The half pyp of wald
1502 Treas. Acc. II. 142.
The pipe of oly
1504 Ib. 438.
Ane pipe full of glasses
1515–6 Acta Conc. MS. XXVII. 158 (see Copprus n. (a)). 1557 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 12. a1561 Norvell Meroure 12 a.
As drop of gall … in pype of hony
1589 St. A. B. Ct. 29 July. 1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII. 261 b.
Ane pype of wyne sek
1615 Denmylne MSS. (ed.) 234.
A Spanish pype full of poulder in it
(b) 1636 Elgin Rec. I. 255.
And that thair is ane pyip of seck vnventit
(c) 1560 Admir. Ct. Bk. 179.
Thre pyppis of fische ule
(3) 1610 Brechin Test. II. 70.
Ane pyip hullok wyne
1627 Orkney & Shetl. Test. I. 170.
The thrid part of ane pyp seck
(b) 1601 Dundee Shipping P. 71.
For twa paypis wayne
(4) 1552 Old Dundee II. 242.
Ane meal pyp
1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 88.
Ane gryt wyne pype to be layth
1559–60 Ib. I. 328.
For thre quhyte wyne peippis for skaffaldin
1566 Crail B. Ct. MS. 28 May.
Ane vyne pyp
1623–4 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 158.
For the len of saxtene seck pypes and for the loss he haid in dinging out of the heidis of thame and carying thame haime
(5) 1474 Acta Aud. 35/2.
vij bolle of meile in a pipe
1496 Halyb. 136.
A pip, in the quhilk ther was a hekyll … 2 half stekis off lane
1498 Ib. 161.
A pip in the quhilk thar is 10 dossyn of pannall of rassit wark
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 35.
For iij pipes to pak viij beddis and matrasses and verdeouris to pas to Strivelin
1506 Ib. III. 348. 1507–8 Ib. IV. 96.
For making of tua pipes to quinta essencia
1531 Ib. V. 460.
For foure grete pipis to the meil
1533 Ib. VI. 164.
iij pypis to pak … breid in
1542 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 574.
iiii dry pypis and ane lyand pype for victuale
1560 Treas. Acc. XI. 29. 1570 Leslie 74.
Andro Bartone … fillit certane pipis with the heidis of the Holandaris
1589–1600 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 61 b.
For ane pvpe to put our mane sall ine

b. attrib. and comb.(1) 1667 Edinb. Test. LXXIII. 107 b.
Ane old pype cage [= keg]
1690 Newport Glasgow Customs 16.
[136] pype kesses
1508 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 117.
The cuppillis sall be of the thiknes that euerye thre cuppillis sall tak the lenth of a burdeous [pr. windeous] pipe staf
1597 Edinb. Test. XXXI. 183.
Auchtene hundretht pype staves with the heidis
1614 Dundee Shipping L. 246.
Pyp stalffis
16.. Admir. Ct. Form 64.
The girths cutted and the punshion dung in peices and the wyne let out that ther remain nothing for pype stawes
1594 Reg. Privy C. V. 195 (see Fathold n.).
Pype wode
(2) 1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 164.
For lossing and sellaring of ane twn wyne in punscheounis xij d., and of ilk twn pype wyne xvj d.
(3) 1667 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 26.
For eatch hundred Burdeaux knaple eightein shilling, for eatch hundred knaple pipe [pr. piple] lenth tuo pund eight shilling

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