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Dornik, n. Also: dornewic, -wik, -wek, dornwik, -wyk, -vylk, dorynwoick; dornyk, -ick, -ique, -yth; der-, dirnik. [Du. Doornik Tournai.]

1. A linen cloth originally made at Tournai, used esp. for table-cloths, serviettes, or towels.(a) 1490 Acta Conc. 131/2.
xij seruiotis of dornewik
1495 Halyb. 87.
28 ellis of dornvylk 3 ellis brad
1517 Caldwell P. 55.
Three stands of dornwyk, with thare towellis and serviots
(b) 1500 Treas. Acc. II. 28.
For vij elne dornyk to covir the Kingis burd
1519 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 176.
Ane desk clath of dornyk riffin
1529 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 230.
xij seruiotis of dornik, ane wesching towell of dornik
1532 Treas. Acc. VI. 22.
iiij elnis braid dornik to be ij altare towellis
1561 Inv. Wardrobe 150.
Twa great mekle bordclaithis of dornik
1569 Treas. Acc. MS. 161.
Braid dornik to be burde claithis, … narow dornik to be seruiottis
c1575 Balfour Pract. 235.
The air sall haue … twelf servettis and ane burdclaith of dornique
1590 Exch. R. XXII. 153.
For ane pece of diapir dornik contenand 14 elnis
1592 Ib. 233.
For lx elnis of braid champit Flandris dornik to be burd claithis
Ib. 234.
Nynetene elnis of fyne Scottis dornik to be copburd claithis
1645 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 43.
A stand of doubill neprie of dornick and dameis, with ane dussone of servittes of dornick
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 362.
6 table cloaths of dornick
(c) 1561–2 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 154.
Fyve elnis dernik to be ane burdclaythe
1630 Bamff Chart. 223.
Sex lining brotlets, and ane of damas dirnik

2. Attrib. with burdclaith, champ, claith, copburd clath, hand towell, lining (linen), napry, serviett, tabil cloth, towell, web, werk. 1540 Maxwell Mem. I. 408.
Thre dorynwoick barclathis [sic] for my lordis bwrd
1569 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 261.
Ane dornik buird clayth, ane dissone of seruetis
1649 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 780.
Ten linnen and dornick boord cloathes
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 334.
Reflex of Phoebus … Newe colourit all thair knoppis … In tirles [lik] dotnik champ
1561 Inv. Q. Mary 24.
Dornick claith to cover the burd
1597 Halyb. p. cxiii.
Braid dornik claith
1540 Maxwell Mem. I. 408.
Ane ald rewyn dornyk copbwrd clatht
1634 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II. 423.
Sevin dornik hand towells
1678 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 299.
Tuo boord clothes of good dornick lining
1516 Fam. Rose 187.
Twa hale stand of dornwik small napry
1545 Treas. Acc. VIII. 355.
To Besse Murray for sewing of vi dousan dornik serviettis, the dornik broucht out of France be my lord Secretar
c 1578 Maxwell Mem. I. 312.
Ane stand of dornik with ane covir, … xii dornick seruiettis
1640 Black Bk. Taymouth 350.
Of dames boordcloathes … and of dornik servitts
1694 Pr. Inchmahome 190.
Of new dornick servits … dusson
1640 Bk. Carlaverock II. 504.
Dornik and damask tabil clothes
1682 Rec. Old Aberd. II. 77.
Tuo dornick tables cloathes for covering the litle tables at the Communion
1538 Aberd. B. Rec. (J).
A dornyk towall
1597 Misc. Spald. C. II. 138.
The thifteous steling … of ane dornik towell
1694 Pr. Inchmahome 190.
Of new dornick towelis
1670 Glasgow Weavers 82.
In the deacon convineris hous anent Jonet Stevinis dornick web
1529 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 230.
Ane meite burd coverit with singill dornewek werk
1530 Lindores Chart. 32.
Ane towall of dornyth werk
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 884.
He fand his chalmer weill arrayit With dornik work on buird displayit

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