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Rud(e)mes, n. Also: ruid-, rood-; ruds-, ruids- and rudismasse, ruidsmis. [e.m.E. roode masse (1545); Rud(e n.1 and Mes n.1] = Rud(e)-day n.Chiefly in Dumfries and Galloway, where appar. both Rood days were regarded as terms. 1526 Dumfries B. Ct. 87b.
Ane boll of corn … to be deliverit to Dauid Kirkpatrik betuix this & the Rudmes nixt to cum
1562 Ib. fol. 213. 1565 Inverness Rec. I 127.
The custum fyr … gottin … at Maremes and the Rudemes last was
1568 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 100.
The half … to be payt at the Rudmes nixt … and the oder half at Andermes thairefter
1593 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 285.
To pey to him xx s. money he borrowit fra him at the Ruidmes last
1637 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. III 329.
For mending the portis in tyme of the Roodmes
1667 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 107.
a1671 Ib. 280.
Rudsmes in harvese
1672 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 140.
1676 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II 22.
1681 Ib. 128.
Ruidsmis of harvest

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