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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mar(e, Mair, n.2 Also: mayr, maer. [Var. of Mere n.1Prob. (at least in most instances) repr. a native Sc. development not connected with that of ME. (a 1225) and e.m.E. mare.]

A mare, female horse.(a) c1475 Wall. vi. 457.
The qwhipe he tuk, syne furth the mar [supra a mere] can call
1518 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 47.
Ane mare of broun collor
1525 Stirling B. Rec. I. 22. 1540–1 Treas. Acc. VII. 436.
To ane man … that kepis the Duche maris
1658 R. Moray Lett. Feb. 12/22.
And would not that gar a man stick his own mare?
a1699 Skene Agric. MS.
A mar goes eleventh moneths with foll
(b) 1549–50 Breadalbane Doc. No. 71.
Thair calpis, that is to say the best beist, hors, mair, ox or cow
1566 Lanark B. Rec. 33. 1584 St. A. Test. II. 48.
Ane mair with foll
1650 Brechin Presb. 20.(c) 1680 Kirkcudbr. Test. 22 Sept.
Ane old maer estimat to £12

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