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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Disson(e, Deson(e, n. Also: dissoun(e, dishone; desoun, desso(u)n. [Variant of Dusane. Cf. Disone.] A dozen.(a) 1550 Reg. Privy C. I. 95.
Ane desoun of laverokis and uthair small bredis, ilk desoun, iiij d.
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 46.
Ane desone of cannonis
1597 Stirlings of Keir 435.
Ane dessoun of leadis of coillis
1631 Peebles B. Rec. 417.
For ane hundreth plowmis and thrie desone of peiris
(b) 1569 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 261.
Ane dissone of seruetis
1582 Grant Chart. 156.
Ane disson silwer spunis … four disson plaittis
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 236.
Thrie dissone of barnis brodis at ix s. the dissone
1600-1610 Melvill 259.
A nomber going a-land persewes and takes a halff a dissone
1616 Dundee Shipping L. 270.
The said bark … frome Norroway, conteanand … tua dissone of awns
1654 Fraser P. 258.
Ane dishone of silver spunes
1667 Lamont Diary 199.
15 dissone of kean fowlls
(c) 1586 Reg. Privy C. IV. 79.
In Inglis dissounis of claith
1595 Brechin Test. I. 132.
Ane dissoune of keane fowles
1617 M. Works Acc. XV. 53 b.
4 dissoune pottes to the painteris
1670 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 194.
Fyve dissoun of beatten gold buttons

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