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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pleuch-, Pluchman, n. Also: plewch-, pleugh(e)-, plewgh-. [ME. and e.m.E. plouȝ-man (c 1290), plough-. Cf. MDu. ploegh-man.] A ploughman. = Plewman n. Also attrib. 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 509.
Ane thankfull wark maid for the plewchmanis art
1581 Burne Disput. 171.
Quhy sould the ignorant pleuch man … be comptit ane idolater
1596 Bamff Chart. 149.
[Agreed to furnish] tua pluchmenis boll the first yeir … sevin bollis aittis as for the ane of the said pleuchmennis boll
1600 Hamilton in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 232/31.
Thair oxin ran wod … and leamit sum pleugh men
1652 Edinb. Test. LXVI. 80 b.
Pleughe men
attrib. 1678 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 31 Dec.
To Thomas … plewghman of plewghman food

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