A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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(Wattir milne,) Wattir mylne, n. Also: water milne, watter mylne, -myl(l. [Late ME and e.m.E. watir-mylne (c1425), water mill (1580).]
1. A mill for grinding corn whose machinery is driven by water. 1537 Reg. Great S. 382/2.
Molendina, vulgariter le watter-myllis, wynd-myllis, horse-myllis [etc.] 1595 Paisley B. Rec. 160.
The wattir mylne of Saushill 1602 Aberd. B. Rec. II 236.
Thair is no vther meane to put the commoun mylnis of this burght to proffit, bot onlie be bigging of ane wyndmylne, seing the four present watter mylnis … ar not habill to grind the cornis 1607–8 Reg. Great S. 790/2.
Lie watter seu wound-mylnes
2. A pump driven by a water-wheel. Also attrib. 1654 Inchmahome Pr. 150.
Shee did sinke greate and deepe sumps, … for puting on ane water-milne to draw water from the heuchattrib. 1646 J. Hope Diary (1958) 172.
Bot the water is drawen from it be watermilne pumpes
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