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(Quhele-wricht,) Quheil(l)-wricht, n. Also: quhell-; qweile-; quhil(l)-, quhyll-; wheil(l)-, wheel(l)-; whil(l)- and -wrycht, -wright, -wreght; vichile-vricht. [Early ME, ME and e.m.E. whelwryht (1281), whelewryghte (c1420), qwylwryght (1534).] A wheelwright.Also attrib. with Imployment n.For an early instance as a surname, see Black Surnames. 1511 Treas. Acc. IV 259.
Item, to the qweile wricht of Melros, at makis the gune quelis in the Castele
1612 Brechin Test. II 224b.
1616 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 58.
To James Cokburne quheilwrycht for making a pair of cannoun quheillis
Ib. 57.
1618 Ib. 110 (see Nave n.1). 1626 Ib. 187.
For ane pund of foull butter to the quheillwrichtis
1627 Brechin Test. IV 280.
1659 Greyfriars Interments 388.
Vichile vricht
1662 Ib.
1663 Misc. Bann. C. II 280.
1670 Dundee B. Laws 586.
And haill members of the wright craft … as squar wright, wheell wright, glaisen wright [etc.]
1670 in Sinclair Satan's Inv. World Suppl. xiii.
1674 Edinb. Test. LXXV 39.
Whill wreght
attrib. 1715 Crail Squaremen 29.
Entred … for the whil wright imploymint … aloued to make lint whils ul whils [etc.]

Also b. lint quhill wright. Cf. Lint n. 4b. — 1659 Dundee B. Laws 586.
Lint quhill wright, … lint quhyll wright

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