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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Calland, n. Also: kalland, callan, calane. [Northern F. caland (F. chaland), Du. and Flem. caland.]

1. A customer. 1502 Halyb. 269.
God kep all gud men fra sic callandis
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 171.
It sall be lefull to ilk maister of the said craft to haif ane seruand that sall gang honestlie throw the toun with his creill and stufe to furneis his callands with
1551 Acta Conc. MS. XXVII. 106.
Sua that eviry brouster be servit be thar callandis as of befor
1577 St. A. Baxter Bks. 26.
It is decernit that Johnne Walie & George Greig pay vs for takin of ane vther brother calland
1599 Glasgow Weavers 49.
That nane of thair craft tak fra ony calane of quhome thai have work ony kynd of silveir before the hand
1623 Dundee B. Laws 605.
That nane … sell any malt to any of thair nichtbors, callandis, and chengeris of malt to thame, … quhill sick tyme as thair said calland … mak first compleit payment [etc.]
1628 St. A. Baxter Bks. 88.
To be obedient … to thair maisteris, and to plaise thair callandis
1640 Ib. 108.
The complaint gevin in be Elizabithe Buchannan aganis Johne Braid and his wyffe for tysting of hir callandis and customeris by hir

2. A companion or associate; a fellow; a youth. (Mod. callant.) 1580-92 James VI Lusus R. 8.
Quhat a kalland is this?
1597 Misc. Spalding C. I. 174.
Efter … consultatioun … with Christen Reid, thy callan, quhom thow imployit at all tymes

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