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Threscore, num. Also: threscor, threscoir(e, threskoir, threschoyr, tre schoyr, threescore, three schore, thriescore, -scoir. [ME and e.m.E. three scoor (Wyclif), thre score (Malory), three score (1596); Thre num. and Scor(e n.] Three score, sixty. a. adj. b. absol. as noun. c. ellipt.a. 1501 Chart. Coupar A. II 102.
The peceable … having of pasture for thre score and ten beistis in the haile mure of Cargill and Laisingtoun
1527–8 Edinb. B. Rec. I 233.
Ane vther buith quhilk he hes in wedsett of threscoir pundis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1774.
Quhare wes bot ane language affore, Gode send thame languagis three schore
1591 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 65.
Send with Thomas Cokburn … in the Lyoun threscoir ellis lyning bred clayth
1596 Dalr. II 17/27.
Men of weir, threscor and ten, parte swofte schips, parte barkis
1622-6 Bisset I 138/28.
To summound him agane … upoun the warning of thriescoir dais
1627 Rep. Parishes 1.
The stipend of the Minister of Bonckell then threscoir pundis money
c1630 Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II 182.
There is thriescore mylls in all the Harie and Lewis of length
16.. Hist. Kennedy 67.
Scho depairtit this lyff in Stiltoune; threscoir myllis adest Lundoune
b. 1450 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II 344.
Threescore of golden crownis of French gold
1540 Lynd. Sat. 2959 (Ch.).
Of ȝeirlie rent thriescoir of thowsand pounds
1545 Corr. M. Lorraine 141.
With the numbyr of tre schoyr of salis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1744.
And be this nommer, in compas, Aboute three score of mylis it was
1573-1600 Burne Disput. in Cath. Tr. (STS) 161/17.
In auld men quha … leuit chaist to the tyme thay var mekil mair nor threscoir of yeiris … the spirit of fornicatione … enterit [etc.]
1616 Haddington Mem. II 132.
Sum thrie or four aidgitt fellowes abone fiftie and thriescoir, yit deboscht and maisterfull lymmeris
1636 Galloway P. 21 April.
Sex scoir roche wollitt scheip … thriescoir being ȝewis and lambies
1644 Boyd Garden of Zion Ded. ii.
An old servant of God, now drawing neere my threescore
1663 Aberd. Council Lett. IV 243.
Pitfodelis is summonded the second tym upon threscoire of dayes

c. Forming part of a larger number.attrib. 1488 Treas. Acc. I 83.
A … chenȝe … contenand of linkis thre score and a lynk
1508 Rentale Dunkeld. (SHS) 1.
Resavit be the said David fra my Lord forsaid threskoir sewin unce in silvir werk
1526 Liber Aberbr. II 456.
Payand tharfor yeirly to ws wythin the brwch of Aberdeyn the sowm of threschoyr fowyr pundys vsuall mone of Scotland
1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 148.
Ane thousand fywe hundreth threscoir ane ȝeiris
1577 Stewart Mem. 106.
I Jhone Steuart … grantis me content … of the sowme of threscoir threttene merkis
1577–8 Reg. Privy S. VII 236/1.
Being now past threscoir ane yeiris, and thairwith being in his persoun seiklie and unhabill
a1578 Pitsc. I 159/4.
Fra our redemptioun 1m four hundreith thriescoir tuelf ȝeiris
1641 Acts V 696/2.
The estate … hes beine … possest be me, my father, gudshir, and grandshir thir thriescoir and ten yeires bygane
1674 Rothesay B. Rec. 331.
At Rothesay the twentie day of May jm vic and threscor fourtten yeirs
predic. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2230.
The prestis … Quhose nummer wer thre score and ten

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