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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LINLITHGOW, prop. n. The county town of West Lothian and site of an ancient royal palace of Scotland. Used attrib. of dry measures, the standards for which were committed to the custody of the burgh of Linlithgow by an Act of Parliament of 1617, and abolished officially in 1824. Cf. Stirling Jug. [lɪn′lɪθgo]Sc. 1705 W. Forbes Treatise Church-lands 427:
The Bolls in a Ministers decreet of modification or Locality should be payed conform to Linlithgow Measure, if no Measure be therein specified.
Ayr. 1705 Munim. Irvine (1891) 127:
There are also sixtein pecks Irving measure, one quhairof is the Standart. There are lykewayes [ ] pecks of Linlithgow measure in the Counsell-house.
Sc. 1750 Scots Mag. (April) 189:
One Scots acre will take from nine to fourteen pecks of seed, Linlithgow measure streaked, according to the nature of the soil.
Sc. 1779 J. Swinton Weights, etc. 8, 100:
They [the commissioners under the 1617 Act] made the firlot of Linlithgow the unit for dry measure of wheat, rye, beans. pease, meal, and white salt. … Linlithgow measure, and Standard measure, are commonly understood and spoken of as one and the same thing; but the fact is otherwise.
m.Lth. 1795 G. Robertson Agric. m.Lth. 207:
The Linlithgow wheat firlot, (the only standard measure for that grain in Scotland), contains 211/4 pints; hence in cubic inches 2197.34. The Linlithgow barley measure, (likewise the standard), contains 31 pints, or 3205.54 cubic inches, hence 5 &frac22;¾ bushels, are very nearly equal to the Scotch boll of 4 firlots.
Sc. 1830 W. Shiress Tables 175:
The Scots Standard or Linlithgow Wheat Firlot, is equal to .998256 Imperial Bushels.

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