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Barbar(e, Barber, n. [Rare varr. of Barbour. Cf. e.m.E. barbar (1579), ME. barber, OF. barbier.] A barber. Also attrib. with cais, sheires. 1296 Rotuli Sc. 38/2.
[Placitum … inter Elyam Barber …
1328 Exch. R. I. 98.
Per receptum Andree Barber
1357 Rotuli Sc. 809/1.
Johannem Barber archidiaconum de Abredene
1379 Exch. R. III. 25.
Domino Johanni Barbar
c1420 Wynt. viii. 178.]
Mayster Jhon Barbere, That mekyll tretyd off that matere
c1420 Wynt. iii. 435.
Scho gert slely a barbare Off hys hevyd schawe all the hare
1578 Edinb. Test. I. 172.
Robert Lumsden, barbar
1612 Bk. Rates 316.
Keames of horne for barberis
1664 Inventory 3 in Decreets Dal. (Reg. H.) XI.
Tuo litle barbar caises
Ib. 4.
3 pair large barbar ... sheires
1670 Acts VIII. 38/1.
The incorporation of the Chirurgeans & Barbars of Edinburgh

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