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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Handband, n. [ON. handaband.] In Orkney: The joining of hands in making a bargain. Only in the phr. with hand and handband. — 1447 Rec. Earld. Orkney 189.
At I haffe wedsete with hande and handbande … till the said Andro fowr markis wortht off land
1488 Ib. 332.
To haf sellit with hand and handband to … David Sinclare … , a tenement liand in the burghe of Kirkwau
1557 Ib. 108.

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