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Schair, S(c)heir, S(c)hire, n. Also: s(c)hyre, schyire. Varr. of Chair n.1, Chear(e n. and Chyre n.1 (= a chair). Also comb.(a) 1585 Elgin Rec. I 177.
Ane arme schair
(b) 1550 Rec. Earld. Orkney 242.
Ane auld scheir
1605 Edinb. Test. XL 154.
Ane scheir
1621 Barcaldine Inv.
Ane four fittit scheir
1703 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. IV 27.
Four plush velvet scheirs
(c) 1565 Prot. Bk. Gilbert Grote 68.
Twa schyris
a1568 Bann. MS 86a/49.
The schyre of stait
1572 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson 166.
Ane mekle schyre
1574 Edinb. Test. III 48.
I leve to … my gud sister … the schyre & cuscheonis & vther small insicht of the chalmer
a1578 Pitsc. I 254/9.
I desyre my brother the king of Scottland … that he wald sit in his awin schyre and lat me and the Frinchemen pairt amang ws
a1585 Montg. Maitl. Q. 197/22.
Out of hir schyire [Misc. P. li 22 schyne] scho [sc. Diana] slippis
1589 Edinb. Treas. Acc. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 196.
For mending of the glob and for making of ane new schyre of irne vnto
1589 in Calderwood V 61.
The midd scaffold, where sall be placed two shires for the king and queene
1606 Edinb. Test. XLI 37b.
Ane faldand schyre price thairof xiij s. iiij d.
1642 T. Hope Diary 157.
The schyre quhairin I satt coupit, and I gatt ane heavy fall
1662 Edinb. Test. LXX 317.
Ane vide resting rushie lether shyre
1668 Ib. LXXIII 168b.
Four shued schires
1674 Melrose Reg. Rec. III 84.comb. 1602 Edinb. Test. Index II 50.
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