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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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(Stepestane,) Stepsta(i)ne, Steipstane, -stone, n. Also: steepston. [Step(e v.] A stone vat for a. Soaking barley in brewing. b. Soaking wool. Cf. Step(e v. 3 b.a. 1496–7 Prot. Bk. J. Young 193.
[With the lower barn and half of the kiln, well and] stepstane
1500–1 Prot. Bk. J. Young 255.
The forloft, the kil, the stepstaine undir the stare
(b) 1507 Prot. Bk. J. Young 385.
1552 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson 13b.
Hir … liferent of the bakland baith kile bern, steip stane and all uthir housis
1582 Edinb. Test. XI 287.
About the place in loftis girnellis barnes killis & steip stane
1590 Prot. Bk. T. Lindsay 232.
His killcroft in Biggar, exceptand alwayes the kyll, kilbern and steipstanes, lyand betuix the landes of John Broun … and the comoun street
1599 Reg. Great S. 317/1.
Lie killis, cobillis, steip-stanis
1612 Reg. Privy C. IX 422.
[They came to the dwelling house … at Craigmylne where complainers] wer in sober maner for the tyme setting ane steipstane
1652 Peebles Gleanings 298.
Ane thrie-year tack of the commone green, from the steipstane to the sand bed
1654 Peebles B. Rec. II 22.
To repaire the eister kill and steipstane
1654 Peebles B. Rec. II 24.
1663 Peebles B. Rec. II 58.
All awneris … of the kilns and steipstanes … to len the saids kilns and steipstanes to neighboures
(c) 1681 Edinb. B. Rec. XI 24.
The houses barnes steepstons and kills and brewhouses
b. 1653 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 941.
The west syd of the ȝaird called the fyve riggis and threttie futt of grund of ane barnested with the thrid pairt of the woll steip stane

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