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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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LANARK, prop.n. Also †Lanerk. The name of the chief town in Upper Clydesdale, used attrib. in combs. as Lanark stone, weight, etc., referring to the Scots Troy or Dutch system of weight of which the standard was kept in the custody of the burgh of Lanark. Now only hist.Lnk. 1769 R. Frame Interest Lnk. 73:
In the country markets, the meal is weighed by the load consisting of Thirty-three pecks Lanark weight.
Ags. 1830 W. Shiress Tables 211:
The legal Standard for converting all payments in any commodity weighed by Scots Troyes or Dutch Weight, being derived from the Lanerk Stone which . . . contains 121743.195 Imperial Grains.

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