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Stane wecht, n. Also: stain(e)-, stayne-, stanie-, stene-, steane-, stone- and -wechtt, -weycht, -veychts, -weight. [ME stone weghte (a1400), 17th c. Eng. stone weight (1658); Stan(e n. and Wecht n.1] a. = Stan(e n. 26. b. Of a person. c. = Stan(e n. 27 b.Occas. with disjunction of the elements.a. (1) 1552 Conv. Burghs I 2.
Just mesouris, viz.; the stane wecht of Lanark, the pynt stope of Striuiling [etc.]
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 234.
Sic houses as thei pleased thai take doun, and sellis the tymber thairof be stane wecht
1583 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 184.
Becaus it was cummersum work the said Dauid wald haif na les for the stane wecht nor xxviij s.
1587 Conv. Burghs I 237.
The stane wechtt to be conforme to the stane wechtt of Laneark
1624 Huntar Weights & Measures 2.
Stone weight
1641 Inverness Rec. II 177.
Be selling of his wairis … with ane false and unsufficient steane weight … and that the samen was fund … to be fyve wnces deficient and less wiecht thane the ordinar and trew stanie weight quhilk is usit … within this kingdome
1687 Mackenzie Observ. 118.
Sixteen pound-weight makes the stone-weight of Lanerk. There was also a trone stone-weight, which did weigh nineteen pounds and eight ounces of Paris weight, wherewith the butter, cheese, wool, tallow, and such other countrey commodities as carry refuse was weigh'd
(2) 1494 Edinb. Hammermen 7.
For ij tortas of a stane wecht
1563 Dumfries B. Ct. 182a.
Ane pott contenand ane stane veychts & half ane pund
1585 Elphinstone Mun. 23.
Ane gaid of irne tua stane wecht
1587 Edinb. Test. XVIII 165.
Fyve bannok of tauche weyand foure stane weycht price of the stane xx s.
1596 Crim. Trials I ii 376.
The fader beand in the lang irnis of fiftie stane wecht
1597 Edinb. Test. XXX 45.
Fyve caikis leid with tua cuttingis estimat to xlij stane wecht
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II 18.
Each maister of familie … to lay to ane stone of 8 stone weight for laying the ground of the bow bridge
1675 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. IV 360.
That the officers of the Mint shall not coyne in every jornall of four stain weight above four pound weight in that species
1625 Brit. Numismatic Journal XXXIX (1971) 120.
Peces of silver sex stane xiij pund weight
(3) 1531 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 60.
Tua stane weycht of grete carvill naill
1562–3 Reg. Privy C. I 232.
Twenty thousand stane wecht of the said leid ure
1580 Misc. Bann. C. II 204.
Nynetene stane wecht of prenting lettres
1586 Edinb. Test. XVI 365b.
Thrie stane … wecht of likerous at xl s. the stane
1591–2 Edinb. B. Rec. V 57.
[The council] ordanis the dene of gild to provyde ane stayne wecht of taikins to the communioun in place of thame that ar tynt
1594–5 Misc. Spald. C. V 61.
For tuentie stane weycht of pulder furneist be him to the toun to the douncasting of Strathbogie and Slanis
1624 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 156.
For thrie trone staine weycht of lead for casting of bullettis
1629 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II 18.
The printing and outputting of the foresaid fyve hundreth stane weight of copper amongs the lieges
1648 Old Ross-shire I 93.
Ane stene and quarter weight of butter
b. 1621 Soc. Ant. XXV 183.
Ilk rydare to be aucht Scottis stanewecht
c. 1511 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 133.
According to the commoun law that all stane wechtis sould be equale
1511 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 133.
That all the saidis nychtbouris and vtheris within this toune haue thair stane wecht weyand xvj lib.
1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II 164.
To caus mak certane stane wechtis of leid and merk thame with the townis merk
c1570 Lanark B. Rec. 52.
To send yow our principall stain wecht, quharithrow [ye may haif] your wechtes evingly mesurit thairwith
1618–19 Ayr B. Acc. 271.
[For a new stone-weight in iron]
1638 Reg. Great S. 315/1.
To mark and stamp all … pund-wechtis, staine-wechtis [etc.]
1641 Inverness Rec. II 177 (see a (1) above). 1657 Lanark B. Rec. 160.
Appoyntes the staine wecht to be maid up with the remanent small wechts and put in the stanage
1681 (1691) Consideration on the Scots Mint 23.
The Dean of Gild's weights of Edinburgh … are heavier than the Scots Troy weight by two unces and a half every stone weight
1647 Cochran-Patrick Coinage I lxxx.
Compared the forsaid round brasse stone weight … with a new brasse stone pyle weight in the coinyehouse, and I found the said new pyle weight havier by almost halfe one oz

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