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Pleuch-graith, -grayth(t, n. Also: pleucht-, plewch(e-, pleugh-, plough- and -gratht. [Pleuch n. 1 and Graith n.] The harness and accoutrements of a plough.In the quot. for 1547 appar. in extended sense, including also plough-beasts.See also pleuch-gere s.v. Pleuch n. 6 (1). 1513 Doug. vii. x. 78.
All instrumentis of pleuch graith irnyt or stelit As cultyris sokkis and the somys gret
1522 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIII. 156.
The wranguis … cutting of thair pleuch graith
1547 Blackfriars Perth 240.
Ilk ane of thame half plewing with half pleugh graith as hors oxin and all uthir thingis necessar thairto
1554 Prot. Bk. Sir A. Gaw 33.
Pleucht gratht
1559 Inchcolm Chart. 97.
Pleuch graytht and all uther plenissing
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 62.
[They] spuilyeit reft and tuke away his plewch grayth
1585 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 75.
Ane ox with plewche and plewche grayth
1588 Edinb. Test. XIX. 110, etc. 14.. Acts (1597) ii. 98 b heading.
Destroyers of pleuch-graith
1654 Conv. Burghs III. 388.
Customes at thair portis … for ilk hors load of plough-graith
1678 Mackenzie Law & C. i. xix. 7. (1699) 100.
Stealers of pleugh-graith … to be punished therefore to the death as thieves
1698 Fountainhall Decis. II. 27.

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