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Uphalyday, Uphali(e)day, n. Also: Uphalye-, -hally-, -holly-, Uppillie-, Wphalye-, Wppailly-, Ouphalli-, Uhali- and -daye, -da, Uphaldy. [Haly day n., Haliday n.] The Feast of the Epiphany on 6th January, marking the end of the Christmas holiday. Also attrib. = Huphallowday.See also McPherson Prim. Beliefs I 24-5, Banks Sc. Cal. Customs II 123 ff., and SND, s.v. Uphalie- n.(a) 1478–9 Acta Conc. I 20/1.
The lordis continewis the mater to the morne efter Vphalyday
1488 Treas. Acc. I 103 (see Basin n. b). 1494 Treas. Acc. I 233.
Gevin to Pringill … for a liffray to mak a dans again Vphaly day, iiij ellis of taftays
1494 Treas. Acc. I 240.
To the King, to offir on Vphaliday xvj s.
1501 Treas. Acc. II 77.
The vj day of Januar, Uphalyday
1535 Stewart 45613.
Quhen euerie man wes in solace and pla, Efter the Ȝuill vpoun Vphalie da
1539–40 Treas. Acc. VII 276.
The thrid day of Januar, deliverit to Thomas Arthur to be iij play cotis agane uphalyday
1554 Dundee B. Ct. II 339 (21 Sept.).
Betuix this & the fest of Epiphanie day callit Wphalye day nixt to cum
1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I 133.
On Uphaly day, the vj day of Januar 1554
1567–8 Crail B. Ct. 17 Feb.
[He] demit … ovklye x s. fra Vppillie day till pesche … Wppailly day
1569–70 Inverness Rec. I 182.
Vphalye daye last
1570 Leslie 41.
Continewit the same [parliament] quhill Uphallyday
1573-1600 King Cat. in Cath. Tr. 175.
Vphaliday when Christ vas reueled first to the Gentiles be the starre whilk guydit the thre kingis to Bethleem
(b) 1539 Reg. Privy S. II 467/2.
Payand … xxxviiic merkis … at the feistis of Sanct Luke, Vhaliday, Pasche day and Mydsomer
(c) 1541 Aberd. B. Rec. MS XVII (Jam.).
Betuix this & Ouphalliday, nixt to cum
attrib. 1505–6 Treas. Acc. III 178.
The fift day of December [erron. for January], Uphaldy evin, to the men that brocht the sensouris
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 501.
Invited to be with him at the Epiphany or Uphollyday feast

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