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Heland-, Hei-, Hieland-man, n. Also: helan-, heilland-, heyland-, hyeland-, hiland-, hilend-, hilan-, hilland-. [f. Heland n. 2.] A Scottish Highlander.(a) 1449 Acts II. 34/1.
That consideracione be had of the helande men the quhilkis … commonly reft & slew ilk ane vtheris
1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 323.
To ane heland man to send to Kintyre
a1568 Bann. MS. 162 b.
How the first Helandman of God was maid
Vp start a helandman blak as ony draff
1568 Inverness Rec. I. 167.
At the mercat … bying ane benok fra ane Heland man
c 1585 Waus Corr. 544.
As I war ane heland man taking my cowdeich
1593 Misc. Spald. C. V. 117.
To adwerteis thame of the Helan menis incursionis
1600 Acts IV. 205/2.
I hane ane heland man to tak in the schogait
(b) c1420 Wynt. ix. 1523.
A hey grete dyscorde Betwen Schir Davy de Lyndesay ... and the Heyland men
a1568 Bann. MS. 162 b/4.
Can ȝe nocht mak a heilandman of this hors tourd?
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 20.
The heiland men bringis in na ky
1599 Thanes of Cawdor 218.
With convocatioun of ane great number of Clanchattane and brokin heilland men therabuit
1600-1610 Melvill 126.
The said James being … taken be the Heilandmen coming out of the Leaws
1639 Baillie I. 221.
Their Heiland men avowed they could not abyde the musquet's mother
(c) c1420 Wynt. ix. 1536, 7.
Off Scottis [L. Hieland men] a gret cumpany: Off tha ilke Hyeland-men
Ib. 1543.
That the Scottis Hieland-men Ware neire the wattyr off Ile then
1533 Boece 27.
Of ane iurnay betuix xxx hielandmen on the party
1572 Diurn. Occurr. 309.
That … the said bordoraris or hieland men … be not … persewit for thingis bypast
a1578 Pitsc. I. 197/7.
This hielandman … sieand na man to spye him tuik the samyn [crown] and wand it in his playd
1603 Moysie 14.
The erle of Argyles forces wer … estimat to xxvj hundrethe hielande men
a1605 Birrel Diary 60.
Sua he keipit ane hielandman's promes in respect he sent the gaird to convoy him out of Scottis grund, bot thai wer not directit to pairt with him bot to fetch him bak againe
1646 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 78.
Their cam in to the burghe of Aberdene sex hundreth hieland men of Argylls hielandmen
(d) 1587 Soc. Ant. II. 349.
To ane boy that geid to Brechin to espy what way the number of Hilland men gead
1596 Dalr. II. 241/31.
The King thairfor to dantoune thir hiland men prepaires a nauie
1680 Lauderdale P. III. 197.
The hilan men maid a bussill, after which … his lo[rdship] went away with a great corinoch

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