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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Flescher, Flesher, n. Also: flascher. [Var. of Fleschar, Fleschour.] A butcher. 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 235.
Thair wes ane sow ferryit in Williame Dauidsonis hous, flescher
a1578 Pitsc. II. 282/22.
Quhan thair is ane calf … sellit to ane flescher
1620 Falkirk Par. Rec. I. 38.
He being … upone the Hie Streit byeing ane bollok from the fleschers
1645 Kinghorn Kirk-S. 48.
A flesher was a honester man then the cheife of his kin
1670 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 270.
The fleshers within this brughe
attrib. a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 19.
The flescher skamlis are gane dry

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