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Walkmyl(n, Wa(i)kmylne, Wau(l)kmill, n. Also: valk-, walke-, walcke-, waulk-, wauk-, wauch-, wake-, waike-, wak-, vak-, wack-, waak- and -miln(e, -myll(e, -mil. [North. ME walkmyln (1344), walkemilne (1359), 17th c. Eng. waulke-mill (once, 1601); Walk v.3 and Miln n.] A mill for fulling cloth. 1418 Exch. R. IV 296.
Adam Lyoun de Walkmyl
1458 Exch. R. VI 460.
(a) 1437 Cop. St. A. 148.
Our walkmyll on the watir of Edyn
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I 188.
The tendis of the corn mil and walkmyl remanand fre to the abbay
1475 Reg. Cupar A. I 204.
The walk mill of Kethyk
1488–9 Ayr Chart. 92.
Pro loco et sede molendini fullonatorii ly Walkmyll
1523 Carnwath Baron Ct. (SHS) 7.
1529 Reg. Privy S. II 38/1.
The landis … with the corn and walk myllis
1532 Reg. Privy S. II 164/1.
The poffil callit the walk myll
1534 Liber Melros 628.
The fourty schilling land pertenand till our walk myll
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II 185.
For the walk mylle … with halding vp sufficientlie the wattir of the dame to the landis at all tymis
a1568 Sempill in Sat. P. xlviii 37.
In the walk-mill the wedder is ill; Thir ar nocht drying dayis
1627 Rep. Parishes 91.
Ther is nather multitude of houses nor walkmills lyme quarrells or anie vther commoditeis to mak the grund rich
1629 Elgin Rec. II 211.
John Intsche confessit his valk mill to be ganging upon the Sabbath day
1679 Urie Baron Ct. 95.
Walke mill
(b) 1470 Yester Wr. 69.
To byg his walkmyln and to lay and bynd a part of his dam on the manis of Ȝester
1488 Peebles Gleanings 271 n.
Walk mylne
1542–3 Reg. Privy S. III 1/1.
The landis of the Forest of Lauder with the … walk-myln and myln landis
1550 Reg. Cupar A. II 82.
Walk miln
1559 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 586.
Molendino fullonum vulgariter nuncupato The Walkmylne of Straquhin
1558–9 Chart. Coupar A. II 225.
Valk milnis
1628 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 308.
1633 (1711) Sibbald's Orkn. & Shetl. 18.
There are no walke milns here, that is done either by their hands and feet, or by the sea
1651–2 Peebles B. Rec. II 191.
For one year tack of the walcke milne [£60]
1703 Foulis Acc. Bk. 322.
Receaved of the walkers of the wester walk milne ther … yeirs rent
(c) c1580 Lindores A. 425.
Waike mylne
1631 Glasgow Burgesses 82.
Waik mylne
(d) 1514 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 128.
I haf set to my cousing … a quarter of the Templetoun the wake myll and the brewland
1662 Lamont Diary 157.
Babirnie wake mill
1688 Tryal Philip Standsfield 12.
(e) 1549–50 Prot. Bk. J. Cristisone 102.
Waulk myll
1618 Paterson Ayr & Wigton III 437.
1621 Peebles Chart. 97.
Wauk mylne
1621 Peebles Chart. 97.
1686 Dumbarton B. Rec. 95.
Inspection to be made of a fitt place for a wauk mill
1695 Stitchill Baron Ct. 118.
Waulk Milne
(f) 1627 Rep. Parishes 219.
1627 Orkney Rentals iii 77.
Vak milles
1641 Peebles Chart. 106.
The wakmylne of Innerleithane
1649 Rec. Old Aberd. II 33.
(g) 1656–7 Glasgow B. Rec. II 536.
1667–70 Lauder Jrnl. 185.
Wack milnes
1671 Inverness Rec. II 245.
Ane piece ground … to build ane waakmilne theron
attrib. 1585 Liber Scon 231.
The walkmyln landis of Innerburs
1665 Peebles B. Rec. II 63.
The walk milne land set to Thomas Patersone

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