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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Doit, Doyt, n.1 Also: doitt, doytt. [e.m.E. (1594), Du. duit.] A copper coin of small value, originally one of Dutch origin.(a) 1582 Perth Kirk S. 242.
James Syme (boxmaster) to give the witch in the Tolbuith eight doits in the day
1613 Conv. Burghs II. 394.
[The toll of] ilk hundreth of gait or buck skins … ij gritt i doitt
1662 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 202.
These peices of copper coine, called the French double, or doitts … to passe and be current at ane penny Scotts the peice allanerly
1677 S. Leith Rec. 135.
Received for eight pound of doits belonging to the poor … [£]4
1722 Stirling B. Rec. II. 174.
Quantities of Dutch doitts or letters bodles which are not current coin
(b) 1660 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 439.
Being informed that the toune and cuntry is lyk to be abused be the frequent in bringing and passing of French doyts
1662 Ib. 485.
The forsaidis magistratis … ordaine that twa doytis sall pas for twa pennies Scotis, as they doe in vther pairtis
1683 Stirling B. Rec. II. 38.
[The council] ordaines the thesaurer to sell the doytts and ill silver which is in the boll
1700 Logie Par. Hist. I. 322.
Lost be eight shilling starling of Irish half pennies and doyts that was in the box which was sold to a chapman
1737 Elgin Rec. II. 331.
The £4 Sc. of balance … being all in doyts to the passing of which there is lately a stop put by the magistrates in this place

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