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Muchkin, Muche-, Mutch(e)kin, n. Also: mwche-, mych-, mui(t)ch-, mittche-, mwich-, mwtche-, mutsch-, mus(c)h-, mus-, musk-, mis-, mu(t)ch(e)s-, mui(t)chs-, mwichs-, mowtchs-, muts-, mwts-, muttis- and -kine, -kyn(e, -king(e, -ken(e, -kein(e, -keen. [e.m.Du. mudseken (mod. mutsken) a measure of capacity, dimin. f. mutse a measure of wine. Common in the mod. dial. Cf. also Muchin,n.]

A measure of capacity for liquids equal to one fourth of a (Scottish) pint; a measure vessel of this capacity; this amount of a liquid.Also half, quarter muchkin.(a) 1425 Acts II. 12/1.
Quhilkis makis … of the new mete now ordanit ix pyntis & three muchekynis
1508 Treas. Acc. IV. 113.
Thre mychkinnis olye
1513 Rentale Dunkeld MS. 202.
Ving lagene & lie muchkyne claretj
1536 Ayr Common Good Acc.
1589 Crail B. Ct. 24 June.
Thre pynt stowpis ane chaping and ane muchking off tyn
16.. Nat. Lib. MS. 22.2.11, penult. p.
Put the same among ane halffe a muchkin of eall and mixt it weill together
1624 Huntar Weights & Measures 4.
Everie pint is devided in 2 choppins and 4 muchkins
1643 Dumfries Treas. Acc. MS. 26.
Tua muchskinis seck
1655 Edinb. Test. LXVIII. 184 b.
Thrie silver cowpes contening thrie muchkingeis apeice
1683 Coll. Aberd. & B. 101.
About a Scots muchkin at least
1687 Bk. O. Edinb. C. XXVII. 131.(b) 1542 Linlithgow B. Ct. 10 Nov.
The mettis & mesouris, … quartis pyntis chopynnis & mowtchskynnis
1572 Edinb. Test. II. 155 b.
xxviij truncheris sevin salceris ane mwtchekin
1590 St. A. B. Ct. 8 Apr.
Ane tyn quart pynte choping and mittchekyn
1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 91. 1618 Acts IV. 587/1. 1628 Dumfries Test. I a. 166.
Three pewder stouppis viz ane pynt ane choppine & ane mutchking wortht three pundis
1630 Bamff Chart. 224. 1633 Orkney Witch Trial in Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. V. 553.
Ye … fetchit … ane mutchkin of small aill in ane chopping can
1641 Dundee B. Laws 153.
Ane mutchken
1643 Dumfries Treas. Acc. 28.
Ane pynt of seck, a mutchskin
1651 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 214.
Auchteine pynts thrie mutschkins of seck
1656 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II. 1016.
Anent ane daylie mutchkeine of milk
1658 Boyd Fam. P. No. 236 (27 Feb.).
Ane other pynt stoupe and a quarter mutchkin of Inglis peuther
1664 Edinb. Test. LXXI. 236.
Ane mutchking with ane half mutchkine
1663–6 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp 66 b.
1665 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 529.
1686 G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 15.
Will ye take a mutch-kin [gl. pint] o' wine?
1686 Mackenzie Observ. 120. 1692 Presb. Eloq. (1694) 70.
One pint of faith, a gill of grace and a mutchkine of sanctification
(c) 1586–7 Dundee Acc. MS.
1636 Caldwell P. 91.
Three muschkeens of malvosie
1661 Old Ross-shire I. 150.
Ane chapine and ane mushkine of Frenche wyne
(d) 1590 Thanes of Cawdor 200.
Thrie muskingis aquavitye
1611 Inverness Rec. II. 84.
1660 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 334.
Ane muskeen of oylie
1667 Rothesay B. Rec. 143.
The aquavytie for thrie schilling iiij d. the half muskein
1678 Cullen B. Rec. 4 b (18 Jan.).
[25/6d.] for thrie muskens of wyn seck
1680 Fawside Coal Compt 65.
ii pynts aill & ane muskine 00/19/6
1699 Cromarty Corr. I. 143.
A miskin of Dr. Laurs tincture
(e) 1595 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 172.
1599 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 705.
Half muttiskin oyldole to the knok iiij s.
1611 Irvine Mun. II. 252.
Ane half mutskein accavytie
1618 Montgomery Mem. I. 279.
For ane galloun and a half a mwtskin and a half of aqua vytie
1663–6 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp 65 b. 1673 Lauder Jrnl. 269.

b. Attrib. and comb. 1662 Kingdom's Intelligencer 24 Dec.
The chopin bottle four shillings sixpence, the muskin bottle at two shillings sixpence all Scots money
1704 Sc. Ant. I. 129.
Mor a chappine and a muskine boatels
1576 Crim. Trials I. ii. 54.
Thom baid hir tak … ane lytill quantetie of it in one mutchekin cane
1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 44.
Ten muchkin flaconeis, xj half muchkin flaconeis
1593 Ib. XXV. 239 b.
xvj muchekene flakettis … price … vli.
1575 Ib. III. 318.
Sevin buste mutcheskin glasis price vij s.
1645 Ib. LXI. 184b.
Ane choppeine mould … and mutchkeine half mutchkeine mouldis
1584 Ib. XIII. 191 b.
Ane mutchekin stoupe of tyn
1602 Conv. Burghs LI. 151.
In haiffing thair quart pynt choping and muchkin stovpeis conforme to the stovpe of Sterling
1604 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 34.
Muchkein stoupis
1606 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 2.
Muchekene stoupis
1623 Orkney & Shetl. Test. I. 93.
Thrie muschken stoupis and half muschken stoup
1624 Linlithgow B. Rec. 12 Nov.
Ane mwichskein stoup ane halff muichskein
1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 259.
Ane trien muskkin stoup
1660 Wedderburn Bk. II. 44. 1668 Rothesay B. Rec. 150.
A new quarter muskin tin stope

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