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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cuntreth, -traith, n. Also: -threth, -treyth(t, -tryth. [Early OF. cuntrede, later cuntrée Cuntré. Cf. Contreth.] A (or the) country. 1442 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 8.
That this burgh sal be wachit ilke nyght … , als lang tyme as the cuntreth is in trubble
1517 Treas. Acc. V. 120.
Lettrez of our soverane lordis to somound and charge all the thevys and brokin men out of Tweddale and Eisdaile to thair awn cuntreth
1533 Gau 72/6.
Heir is my rest for ewer, that is our cuntraith
Ib. 97/10.
Heir in ane fremmit cuntreth
1550 Breadalbane Coll. (Reg. H.) No. 73.
The defence of me and the cunthreth quhen mister beis
1588 Events Q. Mary & James 51.
All the catholikis in this cuntraith micht account their estait very difficil
1597 Warrender P. II. 333.
Haifing receavit ane charge to put our uncle out of the cuntryth
1597 Rec. Earld. Orkney 321.
Conforme to the lawis and practique of the cuntreyth
1601 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 172.
John … excusit him selff that he cam nocht at first citatioun, as being up in the cuntreytht
1602 Ib. 189.
Except they be seik or aff the cuntreytht

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