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Plansc(h)our-, Plains(c)hour-nail(l, Planscher-nale, Planseour-naill, n. Also: planschoir-, planchour(e)-, -cheo(u)r-, plainscheour-, playnscheour-, plainȝour-, planchart-, plancher-, planceour-, -cio(u)r-, -tio(u)r-, and -naile, -nayl(e, -naiel, -nal(e, -nall. [Late ME. plancher nail (1416–67), (north.) playnchournale (1480), f. late ME. plaunchoure (c 1400), (north.) planchoure (1408), (north.) playnshore (1447–8), plawncher (1449), e.m.E. plancher (a 1490), plauncher (1552), a plank, planking or boarding, a floor or platform, med. L. (Eng.) planchura (1294–6) a floor, OF. plancher, planchier (12th c. in Littré) planking, floor, ceiling, f. planche Planch n. (cf. Plancear n.).Cf. also Plenschour-naill n. and Plancheoun-naill n. (and Planschour n.).]

A kind of nail, for, or as for, planks.plur. and coll.(a) plur. 1496 Treas. Acc. I. 294.
For iijc planschour nalis to the werk, iiij s. vj d.
1501 Ib. II. 89.
For vc dur nales, iijc lathbrod, and tua hundreth planschour nailes, send to Faulkland, xj s.
1523 Ib. V. 221.
For plancheour nalis to beit the … cuppillis, x d.
1527 Ib. 325.
iiijc planschour nalis, viij s.
1552 Edinb. Hammermen MS. fol. 191.
For garroun naylis & planchour naylis, ij s.
1553–4 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 24.
Planscheor naillis
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 287.
Planchoure nallis
1670 Irvine Mun. II. 272.
With fyve cast of double planscour [ed. plaustour] naiels
coll. 1507 Rentale Dunkeld. 204.
[2200] lathbrodis, [1100] planchour nale, [102] garrow nale [etc.], … [price of 100] lathbrodis 10 d., [100] planchour 13 d.
1511 Ib. 281.
[1600] lie plancheor naile
1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 70.
im planschour naill
1534–5 Ib. 127.
[13460] planscheour naile the price of the thowsand [16 s. 8 d.], … [3311] gyron nale … the thowsand [33 s. 4 d.], … [16240] dure nale … the thowsand [13 s. 4 d.]
(b) 1530 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 36.
For ic playnscheour nallis and a ic dure naill, iii s.
1589 Mill Mediæv. Plays 196.
Of plainȝour naillis to the haill skaffalding
1599 M. Works Acc. MS. VIII. i.
Plainshour naillis
Ib. (ed.) I. 317.
[360] plainschour naillis
1618 Montgomery Mem. 279.
Plainschour naillis
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 266.
Tuo hundreth plainscheour naill, … ane hundreth fluiring naill
(c) 1517 Treas. Acc. V. 116.
Planchart nalis
(d) 1577–8 Ayr B. Acc. 142.
Planscher nalis
1589-1600 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 60 a.
Ane honderis plancher nalis
1674 Sheriffhall Coal Accompt 31 Oct.
Fluring and plancher nails
(e) 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 509.
For ane hunder greit nalis v s., … for jc planciour nalis ii s.
Ib. 525.
Planceour nalis
1515 Ib. V. 12.
Planseour naill
1555–6 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 55.
Plantior nalis
Ib. 57.
Plantiour nalis
1558 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 294.
Plancior nallis

b. Attrib. with schank. 1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 85.
For iiic sylour naill of planschoir naill schank
Ib. 86.
For iiiic planschoir naill schank for syling
Ib. 88, 92. 1552 Edinb. Hammermen MS. fol. 191 b.
Ane hundreth planchour naill schank xxx d. Item jc windo nayll schank xiij d.

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